Closing Date For Fodder Aid Scheme Is Extended


County Clare farmers affected by recent serious flooding have until the end of this week to submit applications for assistance under the Aid Scheme for Damaged Fodder, Junior Agriculture Minister Tony Killeen has confirmed.



[ClickPress, Mon Dec 14 2009] According to the Clare Fianna Fail Deputy: “The Department of Agriculture has extended the closing date by one week, to 18 December 2009, as it is conscious of the ongoing severe conditions still being experienced by farmers in the affected regions. Payments will begin issuing later this week to those farmers who have already submitted applications and I would encourage those who have yet to do so to submit their applications immediately. There is no prospect of extending the closing date beyond 18 December.”

The Aid Scheme is targeted at farmers in the affected areas, whose fodder (silage, hay, straw or concentrates) was damaged by the unprecedented widespread flooding which occurred during November. The Scheme requires farmers to demonstrate that the fodder was damaged and the extent of that damage.

Application forms are available from Department Local Offices, the Department's website (www.agriculture.gov.ie) and Teagasc Local Offices. Completed forms should be returned to the address below, or any Department Local Office. A dedicated lo-call number has been set up to deal with queries relating to the Scheme: Lo-call telephone number: 1890 252118.

-ENDS-

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