Gildernew welcomes measures to assist those affected by the credit crunch
Sinn Féin Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle Gildernew MP MLA today welcomed the Executive's announcement of the December monitoring round and measures to assist those affected by the credit crunch and other recent events.
Discussing the measures, the minister said,
"It is good that the Executive has supported my case to help the potato farmers, who were the worst affected by the flooding this summer. I am also pleased that at what is a difficult time for the fishing industry, I will be able to offer them help with light and harbour dues."
The minister also welcomed the news that a further £20milion is to be allocated to the Farm Nutrient Management Scheme. She said,
"This is good news for both the construction and the farming sectors. I would encourage all those who have approvals under this scheme to redouble their efforts to get storage capacity built and claims submitted by the end of this year so that we are compliant with the Nitrates Directive and continue to have a viable, animal based farming industry."
The minister also acknowledged further funding for animal disease compensation in the December monitoring round.
The minister concluded,
"Executive resources are tight, and we cannot do everything we would want to do. However, I am grateful that Executive Colleagues have listened to me, and have shown a genuine understanding and sympathy for the farming and fishing sectors." ENDS