Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has called for a fertiliser subsidy to be put in place to support local farmers

Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has called on the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue to put in place a fertiliser subsidy to support farmers in South Kildare.

Senator O’Loughlin said, “I am in regular contact with farmers in South Kildare, and while I welcome the €12 million package announced this week which is aimed at producing more native crops while reducing dependency on imports and on crops with a low demand for chemical fertiliser, which is limited in supply as a result.”

“There is an absolute crisis in terms of agriculture fertiliser. We need to see additional supports put in place to support farmers at this critical juncture.”

Fiona concluded by saying “I called on the Minister this week in the Seanad to ensure that there is a fertiliser subsidy put in place to support farmers, one thats based on tonnage not hectare, as well as actions around the cost of green diesel.”