Michael Creed, the Minister for Food, Agriculture and the Marine has unveiled the details of the transport subsidy scheme, after introducing the scheme at the IFA AGM.
Farmers can avail of €12 for hay and silage and €8 for straw through the transport subsidy scheme, although the transport distance has to be a minimum of 100km.
Joe Healy, IFA president said that the 100km rule is inflexible and will have to be re-visited, along with any other aspects that are "impractical".
Healy said that the scheme will help to alleviate fodder problems, but more is needed. He said the scheme should have the minimum of bureaucracy as this is a busy time of the year on farms.
Meal Voucher System
IFA Connacht Regional Chairman Padraic Joyce said the IFA believes a meal voucher system would have been the best and most efficient means of providing support, but in the absence of such a scheme, it is vital that the transport subsidy scheme is opened immediately as farmers are under extreme stress and are in dire need of feed for animals.