Tillage farmers who lost crops urged to apply under new scheme

Farmers who lost their tillage crops due to bad weather are being urged to get their applications in under the Crop Loss Scheme, details of which have just been announced.

Earlier this month, tillage farmers from the west and north west occupied the Department of Agriculture offices in Dublin for six days as part of a campaign to seek more funding to alleviate their losses.

Now, it’s been announced that farmers who suffered weather-related crop losses will be able to access up to €10,500.

A limit of €5,000 per farmer had originally been included in the scheme.

The new grant limits were agreed following IFA negotiations with Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and his department.

IFA President Joe Healy says grain farmers have had to endure a long wait for this scheme since their crops were badly affected by the unprecedented weather conditions during the 2016 harvest.

Donegal Deputy and Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Agriculture Charlie McConalogue says farmers shouldn’t have had to wait for nearly a year for this fund.