Farmers urged to apply quickly to Government assistance fund

Farmers urged to apply quickly to Government assistance fund

Farmers who have lost fodder due to the severe flooding are being urged to apply quickly to the Government's assistance fund.

€2m has been set aside to help farmers replace lost feed for their animals in the coming days and weeks.

Floodwaters have encroached on farmlands and sheds - destroying food that had been stockpiled for the winter months.

The deadline for applications is this day fortnight and the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said it is a simple application process: “They will get the full market value of that lost fodder,

“Farmers essentially need to fill out a self declaration form that they can download from the Departments website, and they put in the details, it is literally only a one pager.

“They put in the details of what has been lost and the volumes of what has been lost, we will send an inspector out then to verify those numbers and pay people quickly.”

Farmers urged to apply quickly to Government assistance fund

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The Road Safety Authority is joining calls for drivers in flood hit areas to stick to diversion routes and follow safety signage.

It is after Gardaí said yesterday that people using Sat Navs won't follow common sense and are putting themselves in danger on roads that are NOT safe to travel on.

After a night of freezing conditions on already flooded roads - many routes are expected to be treacherous this morning.

The RSA's Brian Farrell is appealing to drivers to put safety first: “People have to heed the advice of the gardaí and Local Authorities given, especially in relation to road closures and heed any of those diversions,

“You know, if you don’t heed that advice you end up getting yourself into trouble and the emergency services having to divert their attention having to rescue you from a situation you shouldn’t have gotten yourself into in the first place.”


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