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Government must help farmers as high rain falls ruin harvests – Morgan

19 August, 2008

Louth Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan has called on the Government to introduce measures to alleviate the hardships that thousands of small farmers are facing due to un-seasonal weather conditions. Deputy Morgan said recent heavy rainfall has made conditions unbearable for many farmers.

He said, "Due to the adverse weather conditions recently thousands of crop farmers are facing tough times as entire harvests have been wiped out. Many livestock farmers are also being severely hit as they are unable to harvest silage etc. This, along with rising input costs, means many farmers will soon be in serious financial difficulty. The hardship will be felt most by those with small and medium sized farms.

"I know of one small farmer in my own constituency who has lost much of his harvest having put down his fertiliser when expecting good weather only for it all to be wash away in the rain at a huge cost.

"It is imperative that the Minister for Agriculture Brendan Smith brings forward proposals to alleviate some of the hardships being faced by these farmers and their families." ENDS

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