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€250,000 fodder fund set up for farmers in crisis

SuperValu has also offered to transport fodder arriving in Dublin Port to co-ops or internally between food suppliers across the country.

THREE IRISH FIRMS have come together to set up a €250,000 fund to help farmers as they deal with the current fodder crisis.

SuperValu, Kepak and Oliver Carty Limited have established the fund for Irish farmers to purchase fodder. The supermarket chain has also offered to transport the feed supplies arriving in Dublin Port to co-ops or internally between suppliers.

Following a harsh winter, farmers have purchased a much greater volume of fodder from abroad than usual. Earlier this week, Minister Simon Coveney extended the imported fodder scheme to 10 May to help with the shortages.

More than 3,500 tons of hay have been imported into the county so far with more due in the coming days. Maize silage is now eligible under the scheme with up to 6,000 tonnes currently being sourced for early delivery.

SuperValu managing director Martin Kelleher said the company recognises its responsibility to its suppliers and the farming community. “Our business is heavily reliant upon the Irish agri-food sector,” he said.

The gesture was welcomed by IFA general secretary Pat Smith, who thanked the firms for their support.

The animal welfare emergency assistance numbers is – 1850 21 19 90.

Related: Coveney extends fodder scheme: ‘No animals should die of starvation’

More: 3,000 tonnes of fodder from France to help farmers in ‘crisis’

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