Good weather provides major respite for farming community

Damian Moran

Reporter:

Damian Moran

“Farmers around the country are making the most of the current fine weather and excellent grass growing conditions to replenish winter fodder stocks, “said IFA President John Bryan.

“Farmers around the country are making the most of the current fine weather and excellent grass growing conditions to replenish winter fodder stocks, “said IFA President John Bryan.

“A good summer is critical to ensure that enough fodder is saved for next winter after the disastrous 12 months of difficult weather. Cereals, fruit and vegetable crops are also benefiting from the fine weather.”

Mr Bryan said however huge merchant debt that was incurred for farmers buying in expensive feed over the last 12 months and despite the improved weather conditions, cashflow remains very tight on many farms.

The IFA President again called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to secure low interest EIB finance to help farmers pay down merchant debt and repair badly damaged cashflows.