CORK South West TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has said that if reports in the media are true, tillage farmers in West Cork will be very disappointed by the level of support being given to them by the Government to cover losses caused by bad weather.
“In the last few days, it has been reported that the Government is only committing €1.5 million to the fund with a maximum grant of €5000 to each farmer affected, with a maximum of 300 private farmers eligible to participate.
“While I welcome the fact that it seems the Government has finally accepted the decision of the Dáil and will establish a Tillage Emergency Fund, the level of compensation that is being suggested has been met by disappointment by local farmers.
“It has been estimated that the total losses incurred by tillage farmers is in the region of €4 million.
“The Government’s contribution amounts to less than 38% of the total losses experienced by tillage farmers, and a maximum grant of €5000 to each farmer will not keep the wolves from the door for many farmers.
“The Fianna Fáil motion which was passed clearly recommended a larger compensation fund.
“I will continue to fight for West Cork tillage farmers to ensure that they get a fair deal, and that their family farms are protected into the long term,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.