The Minister for Agriculture can’t hand out money to farmers who need to buy fodder without knowing the exact extent and nature of the problem.
That’s according to Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael Deputy Peter Burke.
The Fine Gael TD has this week taken up a seat on the Rural and Community Development Oireachtas Committee and says he looks forward to being able to represent the needs of rural Ireland on this body.
Speaking on Let’s Talk this afternoon, Deputy Burke defended Minister Michael Creed’s refusal to set up a fund for farmers who are facing a fodder crisis in the North-west and west due to poor weather since July.
Deputy Burke says the situation will have to be properly assessed before Minister Creed decides on the best course of action.