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Browne, John

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Fodder Crisis: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I support the motion put forward by Deputy Ó Cuív. The tabling of it emphasises the need for the Government to tackle the ongoing fodder crisis.More Button

As many Deputies on this side of the House have said, this crisis was ignored by the Department when it began in 2012. It is now inflicting grievous damage on livestock. There is an urgent need...More Button

I never thought I would see the day there would be there would be a fodder crisis in parts of Wexford. Farmers have contacted me, as I am sure they have contacted Deputies Kehoe and Twomey and t...More Button

The agrifood sector is an important one. The plan for the sector is to increase production massively between now and 2020, which was introduced by the previous Government has been taken on board...More Button

I was a Minister of State in the Department for a few years. The officials in the Minister's Department adopt a very conservative attitude when it comes to giving out money. They always advise ...More Button

I understand that SuperValu has come on board but what about Tesco, Dunnes Stores and the other supermarkets that avail of high-quality Irish products from the farming community? They should als...More Button

A number of farmers, particularly those living in disadvantaged areas, have asked me if the Minister would bring forward some of the payments that he can bring forward. I accept that some cannot...More Button

On the matter of funding from the banks, I know the Minister has met the banks and they have made promises but usually they make many promises they do not keep. They need to loosen up in terms ...More Button

Another issue that concerns many farmers is that we did not react when this happened in 2012, and it has happened again in 2013. What management plan will the Minister put in place to ensure thi...More Button

Farming community groups have taken action to help farmers grapple with the crisis. The IFA has created a €1 million fund, the Irish Dairy Board has established a €2 million fund for redistribut...More Button

Farming is an important industry and it is important to the economic future of the country. We all accept that the one area where there has been growth and that has helped to develop the economy...More Button

There are not many disadvantaged areas in Wexford but there are large disadvantaged areas across the country.More Button

They need help and prioritisation now. If the Minister can make funds available he should do so without any further delay. More Button

Yes, but the banks are slow in making decisions.More Button

Overseas Missions

Asked the Minister for Defence: the situation with regard to the Defence Forces mission in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button