South Tipperary Fine Gael T.D. Tom Hayes has asked the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, to extend the time period being given to farm inspectors to carry out their inspections given the serious effect of the recent heavy rainfall.
“Farmers are under huge pressure at the moment just trying to get their day to day work done. They have been severely hampered by the recent heavy rainfall and as a result many farms have seen a serious drop in productivity. With June being our wettest month on record the cost to the farming community will be extensive and the last thing they need is to be worrying about their inspections.
“I have asked the Minister that he consider extending the time period within which these inspectors can operate, in effect delaying the date of inspection on many farms. Flexibility is always needed when dealing with agriculture issues as so much is out of the farmer’s control.
“Obviously the Department is obliged to carry out these inspections and they cannot be cancelled. I do believe however that both the Minister and the inspectors themselves have a real opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the difficulties currently facing Tipperary farmers.
“The Minister has assured me that he is well aware of the problems that have arisen following the heavy rains and will do what he can to ensure the inspection process is fair and balanced over the coming weeks” said Tom Hayes.