July 9, 2019
Ireland to launch US$112.1 million fund for beef farmers
A support scheme that will provide EUR100 million (US$112.1 million) in funds to Ireland's beef farmers will be launched "in the very near future," said the country's Minister of Agriculture, Michael Creed.
In response to questions from a member of the Irish parliament, Creed revealed he is still discussing with Phil Hogan, the European Union's Agriculture Commissioner, about the potential impact of a disorderly Brexit.
According to to the minister, the commission has already availed EUR50 million (US$56.1 million) to Irish beef farmers "as a response to market pressures."
"I expect to be rolling out a support scheme with this funding in the very near future. I have also stressed the need for the Commission to be ready to deploy a further range of measures to mitigate the potential impacts on the agri-food and fisheries sector," Creed added.
The beef fund must be disbursed to farmers as soon as possible, Edmond Phelan, the new president of Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA), commented recently. The only exception are feedlots - farms with more than 200 head of cattle - which Phelan said must not be receiving any of the fund.
For dairy farmers, they should not be excluded from the package, Irish Creamery Milk Supplier Association (ICMSA) said. The idea of excluding dairy farmers had been considered during discussions on the distribution of the fund, according to ICMSA officials.
- Farming Independent