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Minister Coveney Announces Further Support for Farmers Worst Affected by Recent Flood Damage

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney T.D. today announced details of further assistance to farmers worst hit in those areas that were most severely affected by the recent floods.

Minister Coveney confirmed that this emergency flood damage relief measure will target the small number farmers that experienced unique and additional difficulties due to the location of their farms, and particularly their farmyards, in areas that bore the brunt of the floods.

‘While visiting the worst affected areas earlier this month I became aware that in addition to the loss of fodder, a small number of farmers experienced further difficulties on their farms and clearly require some additional assistance. To address these difficulties I have introduced an Emergency Flood Damage Relief measure’.

This measure will provide financial assistance to cover for example the uninsured direct costs arising where livestock was lost to the floods. Assistance will also be provided to cover the rental costs incurred where livestock had to be moved off farms and into alternative premises due to potential welfare issues. On a small number of farms where the effects of the floods were particularly acute, damage may have been sustained to some structures and fittings. In these cases the costs incurred in repairing such damage may be eligible for support.

It is not possible to address all circumstances of flood damage to farms but the measures I have announced today will specifically target those that have borne the brunt of the flooding’, the Minister said.

Minister Coveney confirmed that Application Forms for Emergency Flood Damage Relief measure will be available on his Department’s website from Thursday 28th January 2016 and from the Department’s local office network. Application forms will also be available from Teagasc offices where advisors will continue to provide one to one advice to those impacted by flooding. On-farm visits will be undertaken by Department personnel in the case of all applications for assistance under these measures to confirm the losses incurred and or the damage sustained. The closing date for applications will be Friday, 12th February.

In terms of assistance already provided to farmers affected by the flooding events of December 2015 and January 2016 Minister Coveney confirmed that 141 farmers had already benefited under the provisions of the Emergency Welfare scheme with 380 tonnes of concentrate allocated to date equating in monetary terms to almost €110,000. This emergency feed was provided as an immediate first response during the height of the flooding to farmers in affected areas and in some cases averted animal welfare issues arising. The Minister also outlined that over 330 applications have been received under the Fodder Aid Scheme 2016 and on-farm verification will occur on these applications this week with payments processed as visits are completed.

Finally, the Minister outlined that, ‘This final support measure complete a comprehensive package of measures taken to assist and support farmers most affected during the recent flooding event’.

Application form for The Emergency Flood Damage Relief Measure 2016


View this Press Release as a PDF: DAFMPR 12/2016 (pdf 367Kb) 

 

 

Date Released: 28 January 2016