Calls for urgent Government action on fodder crisis

Calls have been made for the Government to address the fodder crisis facing farmers across the country as a matter of urgency.

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has demanded action from the Government as farmers struggle to provide enough fodder for their livestock following the effects of extensive rainfall this year.

The Midlands North West MEP, who is a member of the European Parliament's agriculture Committee made the remarks at a meeting of the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association in Sligo on Friday evening.

He also called for the current review of the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) scheme to ensure more targeted aid to those farmers on mountain land and lowlands who face specific difficulties.

MEP Carthy feels the seriousness of the fodder crisis has not been acknowledged quickly enough: