Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture has called on farmers to register for snow clearing with the Department of Regional Development.
Mr. Ó hOisín said,
“It is important that we maximise the amount of people and equipment available to clear snow in times of adverse weather. In recent years farmers have proved invaluable in keeping rural roads opens as DRD can only maintain main roads.
“The Department of Regional Development are now compiling a register of farmers who have the proper equipment and are willing to participate in the snow clearing scheme.
“I would urge farmers who have relevant equipment to get registered which will help the Department preplan for adverse weather in the coming winter as they can coordinate a response through the register.
“Last year farmers proved invaluable during periods of heavy snowfall and I have no doubt that farmers will ensure that rural communities can operate if we experience a similar winter this year.”