Lowry Welcomes Aid Package For Tillage Farmers

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Michael Lowry TD

A Government aid package for tillage farmers is being welcomed by Tipperary TD Michael Lowry.

The Thurles based TD says the high rainfall levels during the harvest period have left many crops destroyed.

Deputy Lowry says many in the tillage sector are questioning the long-term viability of remaining in cereal and root crop cultivation.

The TD says the Government aid package of €7 million will help prevent an “outright disaster”. 

Farmers can now apply for €1,000 per hectare of ruined crops for up to 20 hectares as part of a targeted scheme from the department.

This targeted ‘Unharvested Crop Support Scheme’ is accepting applications until 24 November and payments will be made in January.

The funding is coming from the €8 million once-off Ukraine related funding provided in Budget 2024 for the tillage sector which was established to help offset the war’s impact on food supplies.

Concerns are also being expressed about a possible shortage of Irish grown potatoes next Spring due the poor harvest conditions.