Deputy Jackie Cahill
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Food and Horticulture, Jackie Cahill has said that Minister Creed must come to this week’s Agriculture Committee meeting which is focused on the current fodder crisis with answers to three main issues.
Deputy Cahill, who requested that the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee meet to discuss this crisis, has said that rural Ireland is struggling to deal with the implications of the ongoing fodder crisis.
“He said that there were three main areas that must be dealt with head on.
“First, we need low cost credit facilities rolled out to struggling farmers. Secondly, we need to secure new export markets for dairy cross-cattle to reduce demands on fodder and finally, the Department must actively start important large quantities of fodder into the country in advance of winter,” he said.
Deputy Cahill sadi that farmers, merchants and contractors were struggling with cash flow.
“The Government must roll out low cost credit facilities,” he said.
Deputy Cahill said that Bord Bia must be refocused to actively seek out new live export markets for dairy cross-cattle.
He said that the Department must start importing large quantities of fodder now and not wait any longer.
“Minister Creed must grasp the urgency of the crisis,” he said.