Ferris calls for measures to address fodder crisis
Sinn Féin spokesperson on agriculture, Martin Ferris TD, has called on Minister Simon Coveney to consider temporarily reducing minimum stocking levels and retention periods, to take some of the pressure off farmers who are finding it difficult to feed their animals at the present time.
He also criticised co-ops who were refusing to extend credit to farmers in order to allow them access fodder.
Deputy Ferris said: “The fodder crisis continues to cause enormous difficulties and stress for many farmers.
“I would urge that the minister look at temporary changes to stocking levels and retention. I am also disappointed that the co-ops are not responding to the minister’s request that they extend credit lines to farmers who are currently unable to find the money to buy fodder.”