Fodder crisis ‘started in the North West last Autumn’ – Kenny
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Kenny TD said today that the fodder crisis began in the North West last year, but the Minister and Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed chose to live in denial until it spread all over the country.
Deputy Kenny said:
“As far back as last October, as a priority question in the Dáil, I raised this issue with the Minister. His response was to suggest that no crisis existed or would happen. He told me in the Dáil that day that he understood supplies were available and his Department would continue to monitor the situation.
“All I can respond to that is that the monitoring has been very inadequate if we had to wait until animals in the South of the county are hungry and slurry storage is at crisis point before the Minister takes his head out of the sand.
“It is quite appropriate for the State to step in to ensure an animal welfare crisis of a catastrophic nature does not develop due to inaction on behalf of the Department.
“The Minister must implement a voucher scheme for the purchase of gain feed from co-ops. This is a matter of urgency especially for the smaller farmers who cannot handle the cash flow crisis that this fodder crisis has brought.”