Extension to the closed period for spreading of fertilisers is good news for hard pressed Kerry farmers – Griffin 

Brendan Griffin
Kerry

13th August 2018

Extension to the closed period for spreading of fertilisers is good news for hard pressed Kerry farmers – Griffin

The extension to the closed period for spreading of chemical and organic fertilisers is good news for hard pressed farmers in Kerry according to Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin.

Minister Griffin said: “I was delighted to see that following consultation with his Fine Gael colleague, Minister Eoghan Murphy, the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed has announced an extension for fertiliser and slurry spreading.

“This is a very positive step for hard pressed farmers, who are really struggling following the series of extreme weather events experienced this year.

“The deadline has been extended for chemical fertiliser from the middle of September until the end of September, and the deadline for the application of organic manures from the middle of October to the end of October.

“This will help Kerry farmers produce as much fodder as possible on their own land. It is important that farmers focus on maximising fodder production while they can in the current growing season,” Minister Griffin said.

Minister Michael Creed said: “I and my Department have been engaged in a series of initiatives and I believe that these measures taken together and targeted at producing as much fodder as possible from our own land provide the most effective response to a fodder shortfall.

“Imports of fodder will have a role to play in the range of options available. My Department will assist in this regard and further details will be announced in due course.

“However, the immediate priority is to maximise fodder production at home and I believe the Fodder Production Incentive Measure for Tillage Farmers and GLAS flexibilities will contribute positively in this regard.

“I will continue to closely monitor the effectiveness of these measures in the coming weeks in closing the fodder gap”.

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Notes to editors re actions to date

• Minister Creed has met with Commissioner Hogan and followed this up with a submission to the EU Commission seeking certain flexibilities in the GLAS scheme which can assist in replenishing fodder stocks in advance of the winter period.

• The Minister secured agreement from the Commissioner to make higher advance payments this autumn. As a result, advances for Pillar 1 and 2 payments will be increased to70% and 85% respectively, resulting in €260 million in additional cash flow for farmers at a vital time of the year.

• Minister Creed has introduced a €2.75 million Fodder Production Incentive measure for tillage farmers to encourage them to actively engage in the fodder market and maximise additional short-term fodder production – terms and conditions are available on the Departments website http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmerschemespayments/fodderproductionincentivemeasurefortillagefarmers2018/

• Following engagement with the Minister for Planning, Housing and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD, the Minister announced once off flexibility on an extension to the closed period for spreading of chemical and organic fertilisers, in order to capitalise on autumn grass growth for fodder production

• In addition to these specific measures Minister Creed convened a fodder coordination group to provide support and advice to farmers on maximising fodder production. Industry membership of the group responded with a range of supports to facilitate farmers, while Teagasc continues to provide direct advice through a dedicated help line and series of farmer meetings.

 

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