Farmers have called for enhanced Government supports to deal with the continuing shortage of fodder.

Irish Farmers' Association representatives from around Connacht met last night in Roscommon to discuss the problems being experienced by members along the western seaboard.

The emergency meeting was attended by more than 100 officers of the association.

They called on Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to introduce a scheme to assist farmers who cannot access fodder.

They also want a suspension of all farm inspections until the crisis passes.

The IFA says that financial assistance to purchase meal locally is the most effective way for many of its members to ensure the well-being of their livestock.

It says such a scheme could be overseen by Teagasc and would bring immediate relief to hundreds of farmers.

The association says that supports already in place do not go far enough and contends that imported fodder stocks are not available at the volumes that are now required. 

It has called on the Department of Agriculture to deploy officials to farms across the region to implement additional supports as a matter of urgency.

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