Drainage key to avoiding fodder shortages - Martin Kenny TD
Speaking in the Dáil this evening on the fodder crisis, Sinn Féin spokesman on Agriculture, Martin Kenny TD, said that avoiding crises such as these comes down to getting farmers a fair price for their produce.
Deputy Kenny said:
“Clearly, climate change issues and specifically more frequent and heavier rainfall is an issue. This cannot be happening every year and measures must be taken to avoid fodder crises.
“Our farming community is under stress all year round because of the poor return that they are getting for their product. This means that they cannot make provision for the rainy day.
"Ensuring a fair price to the primary producer should be a key aim of government.
“Our amendment to this motion calls on government to provide farmers with the wherewithal to drain their land adequately. This is essential in these climate conditions, but such works are impossible when farmers are living in a constant cash flow crisis.
“The minister says that it was not appropriate to import fodder several months ago, but no one suggested he should do that.
"Teagasc and all the farm organisations proposed feeding grain and it was in that context that he was requested to intervene last Autumn.”