Department working on ‘more user friendly’ fodder application process – ICSA

Existing subsidy rules ‘difficult to navigate’

Farmers in need of fodder urged to submit Forage Budget form.

Sligo News File

ICSA has met with officials from the Department of Agriculture in Backweston today (7 March) to discuss on-going issues surrounding the Fodder Transport Support Measure launched by Minister Creed in late January.

Following the meeting, ICSA Connaught/Ulster VP Jim Harrison said, “ICSA has received an assurance from the Department that elements of the scheme will now be revisited with a view to making the scheme more user friendly.”

ICSA Cavan chairman Hugh Farrell added, “It has become blatantly apparent that the scheme is difficult to navigate as has been evidenced in the low take up to date. This goes against the whole spirit of the scheme which was initiated to help those in dire need. This message has now been taken on board by the Department who will assess where changes can be made in order to make the scheme more workable.”

Concluding, Mr Farrell said he would urge all farmers in need of fodder to complete a Forage Budget form through their local Teagasc office or FAS approved advisor. Anyone requiring assistance in sourcing fodder can also contact their local ICSA representatives or contact ICSA directly on 057 8662120.