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Extra £1m to address fodder shortage welcomed - Mc Aleer

Published: 21 May, 2013

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA and Assembly Agriculture Committee Member Declan Mc Aleer has described the announcement by Minister O'Neill that an extra £1m has been secured to help farmers facing fodder shortages as a timely and much needed intervention.

The local MLA said,

"I welcome the fact that the Minister has again acted quickly to instigate a programme that will help alleviate the plight that many farmers are facing over a lack of fodder. This is a timely and much-needed intervention.

"The Executive also needs recognition for agreeing to give an extra £1m to help the farmers and this will now be dispersed to those farmers most in need.

"Farmers who are eligible need to work with the Department to ensure the swift delivery of this extra hardship payment.

"The unseasonal weather has caused havoc with the farming community's ability to create the proper economic conditions in order to carry out their work and the Ministers timely interjections will help return some stability to those farmers.

"The Department now needs the time and space to deliver on these commitments and I would call on everyone who has the farming community at their heart to weigh in behind the Minister and help alleviate the problems farmers are facing.