Agriculture Committee to meet next week to discuss fodder crisis with Minister Creed

The Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine will meet on Wednesday, 11th of April to address the ongoing fodder crisis.

05 April 2018

Agriculture Minister, Michael Creed, will appear before the Committee.

Speaking today, Committee Chair, Pat Deering TD said, “The fodder crisis is of huge concern to farmers right across the country. We as a Committee are greatly troubled by reports of animals going hungry and farmers being unable to access adequate fodder. The bad weather we have experienced over the past number of months has resulted in below-average grass growth at a time of year when animals would usually be back outside in the fields.”

“The Committee has called this meeting during the Dáil recess in order to engage with the Minister on the measures his department will be putting in place to address this issue as a matter of urgency. While the Minister confirmed today that his department is working on rolling out a scheme supporting the importation of fodder from outside the country, the Committee will also wish to discuss possible financial supports for farmers.”

The meeting will start at 2.30pm in Committee Room 1, Leinster House.

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