Sinn Féin spokesman on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Martin Ferris TD today called on Minister Simon Coveney to provide emergency aid to farmers who have lost sheds, polytunnels and glasshouses in the recent storms.
Deputy Ferris said:
“As soon as the first storms hit, we could see that this was exceptional weather. It is nothing short of a national emergency and it is about time the minister stood up for Ireland in Brussels and looked for the emergency measures needed to deal with it.
“Many in the horticultural sector, who have already had a bad winter at the hands of the supermarkets’ price wars over Christmas, are on their knees after the storm damage they suffered.
“They have lost sheds, polytunnels and glasshouses in which they should be planting now. I call on Simon Coveney to establish an emergency fund so that these farmers can avoid losing a season’s crop due to the damage.”