Ireland's Tillage farmers finally had something to smile about yesterday, when it was announced that an emergency fund has been set up to compensate thos farmers affected by bad weather.
It has been reported that approximately €1.5 million willbe amde available as compensation for the Western Tillage farmers, who were badly affected by last years poor weather.
The scheme, "Cropp Loss Compensation' scheme, was first brought to our attention by Mr. Michael Fitzmaurice, who said last week it was impending, and now it is expected the scheme will be implemented in the next couple of weeks.
The scheme will see a maximum of €5,000 each being made to the affected farmers, and it is said it is available to up to 300 of the countries private tillage farmers.
It only will support private tillage farmers who were subject to damaged crops from bad weather. The damaged crops must have no commercial value and up to 30% of the crop yield must have been lost to qualify.
The IFA president, Joe Healy, yesterday welcomed the announcement, though called on the department to release further details of the scheme.
He did speak with words of caution also, saying "“We would be concerned that the scheme is too narrow and restrictive. The budget allocated may not be sufficient to cover the full extent of the losses incurred by farmers.”
Healy did add that the introduction of this scheme took longer than was hoped for and called for its immediate implementation.
Liam Dunne, The IFA Grain Chairman, said the announcement was long overdue but also welcomed the news.
He went on to say these payments are no crucial to the sector, "Given the financial pressure farmers have been under for almost a year as a result of lost crops, it is crucial that payments are made to farmers as soon as possible. It must be user friendly and ensure that sufficient aid gets to those who deserve it.”
The IFA carried out a survey of the industry recently and found that up to 245 tillage farmers lost up to €3.032 million on grain and up to €1.037 million in total on straw.