Minister must stand up for the people amid impending fodder crisis - Martin Kenny TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Kenny TD has dismissed denials by the Minister for Agriculture that there is no fodder crisis, insisting that Minister Creed must stand up for the people as there in fact is a fodder crisis coming for farmers in the West.
Deputy Kenny said;
“I asked Minister Creed last week if there were any plans to alleviate the coming crisis and he replied that there was no crisis. In my constituency and in the farming press I see and hear people in the throes of crisis already.
“Teagasc advisor, Tom Coll, has been quoted saying he has never seen ground conditions as bad in the North West, especially counties Leitrim, Sligo and South Donegal.
“Many constituents have told me that they have their cattle in sheds since last month and are using winter fodder already.
“Others say they are selling beasts due to the shortage of fodder and it is only October. Although the temperature has been comparatively high, and so growth has been good, it has been impossible to put cattle out on the land since it is water-logged.
“People who thought to have second cut silage never got to cut it due to the wet weather conditions.
“It is the job of the minister to look after the primary producer in agriculture, the farmer. Some plan will have to be put in place to supply fodder or to pay farmers to buy it in. The minister cannot wait until everyone is in dire straits before acting. Prevention is better than cure."