Huge savings for Farmers

Huge savings for Farmers through changes to Brucellosis Eradication Scheme – Ó Domhnaill

Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has said Donegal farmers will benefit from significant savings as a result of changes to the Brucellosis Eradication Scheme.

“50% of suckler and dry stock herds will be exempted from Brucellosis testing at their annual herd surveillance test for 2011. This will remove some 800,000 animals from the testing regime next year and should result in savings of an estimated €2.5m to Irish farmers in 2011,” said the Donegal South West bye-election candidate.”

“Farmers in Donegal are playing an extremely important role in the local economy but also in the national economy. I am extremely aware of what the farming community can contribute to our recovery. I am in regular contact with the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to look at ways of easing pressure on farmers.”

“There were substantial changes to the Brucellosis Eradication Scheme announced in September 2009 and this will exempt over 2.1 million animals from the testing programme in 2011. There is estimated savings of €7.5m to farmers in terms of reduced testing costs from these measures.”

“The substantial reduction in the incidence of Brucellosis over the past number of years has meant the scaling back of the testing programme was possible following the EU decision last year to declare Ireland brucellosis-free.”

“I want to thank the farmers of Donegal for the work that they do to provide essential produce at the highest of standards.”

“As a nation so dependent on our exports the farming community has an essential role to play in our national recovery. A thriving agriculture sector will drive economic growth and create jobs. I will continue to fight to ensure farmers get the necessary support and representation they deserve,” concluded Senator Ó Domhnaill.

Posted: Nov 15, 2010     |     Categories: Donegal South West