The Agriculture Minister needs to introduce a meal voucher scheme for farmers in the West and Northwest who are suffering due to the fodder shortage.

That’s according to Sligo-Leitrim TD Eamon Scanlon who claims some farmers are going hungry themselves to ensure they can feed their stock.

He believes the Fodder Transport subsidy announced earlier this year by Minister Michael Creed is not benefitting the majority of farmers impacted by the fodder shortage, whereas a meal voucher scheme would help farmers buy feed to supplement what fodder supplies they still have.

Deputy Eamon Scanlon told Midwest News that he received a number of calls from farmers across the region in recent weeks who are suffering severe hardship as they try to provide fodder for their stock

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