A Fodder Aid Scheme, with up to €2 million available, was launched by the government today. This scheme is in response to the long term damage to fodder supplies by the recent widespread flooding in December, 2015 and January, 2016. This Dept of Agriculture scheme aims to compensate farmers for the replacement cost where genuine damage to silage, hay, concentrates or straw has been caused by the flooding.
The minimum claim is €100 and payment will only issue to holdings with livestock.
Application forms for the” fodder aid ” assistance were first made available on Jan 7th and the closing date is Jan 22nd 2016.
Fodder Aid applications will be subject to on site verification by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine – and any damaged fodder must be evident at the time of inspection
Financial aid will not be paid where flood damage to fodder is covered by the farmer’s insurance policy.
Application forms can be found online here and in the Department of Agriculture’s local offices as well as Teagasc offices .
Any queries can be directed to:
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Direct Payments Unit (Fodder Aid Section),
Old Abbeyleix Road,
Tel 0761 064426 (Or 057 867 4400)
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