The Commission gives the signal agreement for proposed Glas flexibility in response to the shortage of fodder

  • The Commission gives the signal agreement for proposed Glas flexibility in response to the shortage of fodder
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    The signal from the European Commission on its agreement with some proposed changes to the scheme of the voice this year in response to the current fodder shortage, welcomed the Minister of agriculture, food and the marine, Michael creed.
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The signal from the European Commission on its agreement with some proposed changes to the scheme of the voice this year in response to the current fodder shortage, welcomed the Minister of agriculture, food and the marine, Michael creed.

Now the proposal will go through some more procedures before he can be formally ratified.

This progress comes after a period of continuous contact between the Department and officials of the European Commission, including a bilateral meeting in Brussels today.

It was a direct sequel to the request of the Minister Krid Commissioner Phil Hogan.

The Commission suggests that the Irish request will be considered for approval when it has been fully processed through the necessary procedures. It is expected that these measures will be effective from Saturday 1 September and this will be confirmed in advance subject to all other procedures completed.

Two changes are specifically intended to add to the stocks of winter feed for Irish farmers and will:

  • Low Input permanent pasture: amendment to the specifications by 2018 to provide for the application of low input permanent Pasture areas for the production of silage/hay in the period from 1 September 2018 until December 1, 2018 was wanted. There are participants 37,800 a voice from LIPP of action covering an area of over 269,000 hectares
  • Environmental Management of Fallow lands: in 2018 it is expected that need to be resolved after the basis for 2018 in the period from 1 September 2018 (after breeding season) until 1 December 2018.

All participants in the voice with this appropriate action, as well as their advisors will be notified by the Department in advance of flexibility, becoming operational.

The Minister of creed commented: “we are studying a number of initiatives in the light of recent harsh drought conditions and their impact on the already difficult situation feeds and I expressed to Commissioner Hogan, the potential benefits of some adjustments according to the scheme of the voice.

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“They specifically add in the amounts of winter fodder gathered more than 260 000 ha are in production.

“I would like to thank the Commissioner and his officials for their part in this. He and I were in complete agreement, obviously, any measures should be meaningful to the farmer, as well as to meet environmental priorities Glas scheme, and I am pleased that we have achieved today.”

About the environmental priorities of the scheme, the Minister added: “our proposal to the Commission based on a detailed assessment of the environment. This suggests that the actions of mowing low Input permanent pasture parcels is not considered a negative impact on the achievement of environmental objectives, as it is now entering the later stages of the growing season for many plant species. Parcels were preserved through appropriate grazing regime and adhered to fertilizer and pesticide restrictions. This allowed flora present, to grow and for pollinators and other invertebrates, to maximize the potential from the flower diversity within the land achieve the desired year-end result of the action”

The Minister concluded that, “these measures will create a valuable additional source of forage, complementing a number of initiatives I have for the summer. My Department will confirm when the procedures to formally agree on measures to be completed as soon as possible. I will continue to closely monitor the food situation and to work with all stakeholders until we have successfully addressed the issues of availability of fodder”

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