A Fine Gael Cllr has described the current fodder transport subsidy scheme as a cocktail of bureaucracy.

Roscommon Fine Gael Cllr Liam Callaghan says while the scheme is very welcome, many farmers are disappointed with the amount of paperwork and third party involvement.

He says at present the farmer has to have a farm advisor visit his farm to carry out an assessment, an application is then made to the Department of Agriculture, who in turn notify the local co-op, the co-op then source the fodder on behalf of the farmer. The farmer pays the co-op for the fodder and transport and the Department then reimburses the farmer for the cost of the transport.

Cllr Callaghan says this system could be simplified and farmers should be allowed to source their own fodder, which would speed the entire process up.

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