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Farmers facing uncertain future

19 August, 2008

Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson Pat Doherty MP MLA speaking after visiting a number of farms in his constituency affected by the flooding has said that the Flooding Compensation Scheme being administered by the Environment Minister Sammy Wilson will do nothing to alleviate the hardship facing many farmers.

Mr Doherty said:

"This flooding will cause genuine hardship for farmers who have lost crops or livestock and affect key farm projects such as the need to finish building slurry tanks by the end of year deadline.

"I have been inundated with calls from the farming community.

"I know that many farmers are looking at the Wet Weather Scheme that was previously in place and also highlighting the long delays associated with it.

"I also know that there are very tight EU guidelines about state intervention but while the Executive has re-activated the Flooding Compensation Scheme that will make up to £1000 available to householders I believe that the Executive must also look at the situation facing farmers.

"I also know that many businesses have been affected by the flooding and they too need to be looked at.

"The Executive needs to look at all of the available options and put in place measures to assist everyone affected by the flooding." ENDS

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