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Government ignored warnings from the farming community about fodder crisis - Fianna Fáil

Update 10.40pm: Fianna Fáil says the Government has ignored warnings from the farming community about the developing fodder crisis.

The Dáil is debating a motion from the party this evening, that calls for greater support for farmers.

It says farmers need measures including a meal voucher scheme, a hardship fund, and a pause to farm inspections.

Fianna Fáil's Agriculture spokesperson Charlie McConalogue says it is the second time farmers have faced this crisis in five years.

He said: "Unfortunately, despite it happening in the recent past we have seen a situation where the Government has been totally unprepared.

"Your response has been entirely woeful and you have left the farming community without the type of leadership that they expect from the Government."

Fianna Fáil's Agriculture spokesperson Charlie McConalogue.

Earlier: IFA calls for doubling of Government supports for struggling farmers during fodder crisis

The IFA is calling for a doubling of government supports for farmers who are struggling due to the fodder crisis.

The association says last night's heavy rainfall in many areas is making the situation worse.

It wants the subsidy increased from €60 to €120 per bale of fodder.

A meeting of the IFA's National Council also called for the removal of red tape surrounding the fodder scheme.

It says it is time for the Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to make good on a promise to make more funding available if needed.

File image of Cork farmers during fodder crisis.

- Digital Desk