Local councillor calls for financial aid for farmers hit by fodder crisis

A local councillor is calling on the Minister for Agriculture to implement a financial aid package for farmers affected by fodder shortages.

Department of Agriculture officials are meeting with the main farmers co-ops later today to discuss the ongoing fodder crisis.

Yesterday, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed announced a national review of fodder supplies, and said the department may consider importing fodder if required.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Seamus Coyle said Michael Creed must give farmers financial aid to allow them to buy meal or fodder.

He said that previous attempts to assist the famers who were hit by the early housing of animals were ineffective.

Speaking to Northern Sound News, Councillor Seamus Coyle was critical of the fodder transport subsidy scheme: