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Smith announces extension of closing date for Damaged Fodder Scheme

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith, TD, today announced the extension of the closing date for the flood-related Aid Scheme for Damaged Fodder to Friday, 18 December 2009.

"I have decided to extend the closing date by one week, to 18 December 2009, for the submission of applications for this emergency aid, as I am particularly 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", said the Minister.

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.

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food,
(Scheme of Aid for Damaged Fodder),
Government Offices,
Old Abbeyleix Road,
Portlaoise,
Co. Laois.

Date Released: 14 December 2009