May 162013

The ICMSA President, John Comer, said that while the extension is welcome, the overall response is still falling well short of what is required. Mr Comer pointed out that during a previous fodder crisis in 1999 the then-Government allocated €10 million to a fodder scheme to remedy a situation that was less serious and of a considerably shorter duration than the current crisis. Mr Comer urged the Minister and his team to look at all options – including an interest-free loan – to those worst affected with repayment schedules that were flexible and realistic to meet the massive feed bills incurred.

Ends     10 May 2013.

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