The government allocates more money on the import of feed

  • The government allocates more money on the import of feed
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    The Minister of agriculture, food and the marine, Michael creed T. D., today announced that it had secured €4.25 million for a new Import feed support.
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The Minister of agriculture, food and the marine, Michael creed T. D., today announced that it had secured €4.25 million for a new Import feed support.

The Minister made this statement with the agreement of the Minister for Finance, public expenditure and reform of the Paschal Donohoe T. D.

This measure is introduced to reduce the cost to farmers of imported forage (hay, silage, haylage, alfalfa, etc.) from outside the island of Ireland. This measure will operate through the cooperative/registered importers and will cover forage imported from 12 August 2018 to 31 December 2018 and subject to state aid of the EU (de minimus) rules.

The Minister stressed that while this measure will operate through the cooperative/registered importers, the actual beneficiaries will be farmers who need to supply feed.

Creed, the Minister noted the commitment to ensure adequate fodder reserves based on the range of supports already put in place.

Support measures include the provision of advance payments of the EU assistance within the framework of component 1 and 2, bringing in 260 million Euro in additional cash flow; more flexibility in a certain voice measures to increase forage production; the allocation of €2.75 million in Feed production incentives for tillage farmers, and the extension of the period for spreading of chemical and organic fertilizers to allow farmers to use late season grass growth.

“As it was in earlier measures against imports of feed last spring, the part will be clear for the farmer, the contacts involved a cooperative/registered importer and the purchase of feed.

“My Department will subsequently reimburse the cooperative/ importer with a contribution to the cost of transportation,” he said.

He said that this measure will provide a valuable additional source of forage, complementing a number of initiatives I have this summer has been devoted to increase production of feed from our own land resources.

“I will continue to closely monitor the food situation and to work with all stakeholders until we have successfully addressed the issues of accessibility of food.”

As farmers apply?

Farmers should contact their local cooperative involved/importer indicating their intention of purchase, and the amount of feed requested. Farmers pay the co-operative/registered importer for the purchase of fodder.

How will payment be made?

The Department will pay the cooperative, participating/registered importer standard contribution to the cost of transportation.

Some of the cooperatives participating/registered importers?

The full list of participants will be available on the Department’s website.

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