Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, has announced the launch of a targeted measure to assist farmers in north east Donegal who suffered losses during the brief but severe flooding experienced in the area last month.
“I witnessed first-hand some of the very significant problems that a number of farmers experienced as a result of the sudden flooding event, when I visited north east Donegal with my colleague Minster Joe McHugh [Minister of State at the Department of Culture with responsibility for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands]. I committed, during my visit, to supporting these farmers and I am satisfied that my Department in conjunction with other State agencies have moved swiftly to offer practical solutions to those affected,” Minister Creed stated.
The initiative launched by the Minister will support a small number of farmers around the Inishowen Peninsula who bore the brunt of last month’s unprecedented rainfall. “This measure will provide farmers who were significantly affected by the flooding with a financial contribution towards losses or damage sustained.”
Support under this measure will apply to losses of livestock, the loss of conserved fodder (hay or silage) and as a contribution towards the clean-up cost of agricultural lands, including repair to fences, damaged by debris washed up by the floods. Only losses not covered by insurance will be eligible for consideration.
The measure builds on the availability of support through the Animal Welfare Helpline and through the advisory assistance made available by Teagasc in the region.
“While it is not possible to address all of the problems the floods caused on farms, the measures I have announced will specifically direct support to those that have borne the brunt of the flooding . I would particularly like to pay tribute to the tremendous community spirit of the people in Donegal in supporting those affected by the flooding,” the Minister concluded.
Application forms will be available shortly with an early closing date proposed to allow prompt processing of requests for support.