Leitrim IFA calls for co-ordinated action plan

Pat Gilhooley, Leitrim IFA County Chairperson, said that a major national effort is required to assist the farming sector recover and get back on track following the worst weather on record over the summer period.

Pat Gilhooley, Leitrim IFA County Chairperson, said that a major national effort is required to assist the farming sector recover and get back on track following the worst weather on record over the summer period.

He said many livestock and dairy farmers are facing into a winter with inadequate feed and those who have managed to save enough will incur extra costs as a result of poor quality.

Escalating fuel and feed costs are already pushing production in many sectors into a loss-making situation.

In addition, a major workload is backing up on farms with a significant proportion of the harvest still to be done and slurry tanks still full from last winter due to inability to travel on land.

Mr Gilhooley said the challenge now for everyone supporting the sector is to do everything possible to ensure that farm families can get through the months ahead.

The IFA County Chairperson said the Government, banks, processors, merchants, Teagasc will have to put their shoulders to the wheel to rebuild confidence among primary producers. He said that, as part of the Association’s plans, the IFA at County Executive level will establish a Project team to identify the problems and assist in finding solutions.