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Minister Smith Announces Implementation of €2 Million for Targeted Fodder Aid Scheme

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD today launched the flood related Fodder Aid Scheme and confirmed that this Scheme is now in place.

The Scheme is targeted at farmers who encountered damage to fodder (silage or hay or concentrates) in areas which suffered flooding in November 2009.

Minister Smith said "It is important that the funds made available by the Government are paid as quickly as possible. I, therefore, encourage only those farmers, who are directly affected,  to complete and submit the application without delay."  

The Scheme will require farmers to demonstrate that the fodder was damaged and the extent of that damage.

Farmers wishing to avail of the scheme can obtain application forms from the Department's website (www.agriculture.gov.ie), Local Offices, at Teagasc Local Offices and from the address below:

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food,
Single Payment Unit (Fodder Damage Section),
Government Buildings,
Old Abbeyleix Road,
Portlaoise,
Co. Laois.

Lo-call telephone number: 1890 252118

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 11 December 2009 

Date Released: 27 November 2009