Farmers seeking recognition of effects of adverse weather

Farmers suffering from the effects of one of the wettest summers on record, will be hoping the Agriculture Minister wins some concessions for them in Brussels today.

Simon Coveney is to attend a meeting of the Farm Council in Brussels, and the Irish Farmer's Association wants him to appeal to Europe for an exceptional handout.

The IFA's hoping for a 70 per cent advance on the Single Farm Payment due on October 16th.

There is precedent here - the European Commission made a similar move in 2009, one of the worst summers of recent years.

IFA President John Bryan says it's crucial Deputy Coveney suceeds in winning the advance..........

[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/bryan.mp3[/podcast]

Meanwhile, the ICSA is urging farm inspectors to make allowances for the serious effect the current heavy rainfall is having on farms across Donegal.

They say they understand the Department is obliged to carry out inspections, and they cannot be cancelled or postponed.

However, the ICSA says meeting some required standards under these weather conditions will be extremely difficult and they want inspectors to recognise this.