The Deputy President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, welcomed the overall reduction in the number of reactor animals and TB incidence and acknowledged the statistics as a ‘step in the right direction’. Mr McCormack said that the only cause for concern might be the variance in the stats on a county-by-county basis and the danger that certain areas in the country have higher rates of TB. “The farmers in these areas want to see the TB problem addressed as a matter of priority and the Department must devote more resources to assist individual farmers in those areas badly affected by a TB outbreak. The Department must commit itself to proactively seeking to drive the eradication programme onwards and budget the resources that will solve the problem while allowing farmers to farm as normal as possible in the event of a TB outbreak”, he noted.
In relation to the new restrictions imposed by the Department on movements, Mr. McCormack said that these restrictions will pose serious problems for individual farmers and he called on the Department to review their proposals with a view to minimising the impact on individual farmers.
Ends. 10 January 2014
Pat McCormack, 087-7608958
Deputy President, ICMSA.