Welcome for multi-million euro fodder measure

Imported fodder must be of high quality and reasonably priced.

Sligo News File.

ICSA president Patrick Kent has welcomed the announcement by Minister Creed that €4.25 million has been allocated for the introduction of a Fodder Import Support Measure.

Patrick Kent, president, ICSA

His association, he said, “has been calling for this and other measures to be put in place at the earliest possible point as part of the combined effort required to offset major fodder difficulties down the track.”

He went on to stress that while the ICSA is in favour of importing fodder, it must be of high quality and available at a fair price.

“Vigilance on quality and price towards imported feed must also, he said, “extend to cereals, 

“Profit margins on suckler and sheep farms are practically non-existent at this point so if these enterprises are to have any hope of surviving it is imperative that access to quality feed at a reasonable price is secured.

“On home ground, we need to take a sensible approach and allow Low-Input Grassland to be baled, sooner rather than later.”

Concluding Mr Kent impressed upon millers to deliver the best possible value to farmers at this difficult time and reiterated that profiteering by meat plants must not be tolerated,

“It is incumbent on all players to protect the industry as a whole. We will not stand for primary producers being taken advantage of at this vulnerable time.”