It's been a busy morning at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co Offaly.

Organisers are expecting up to 300,000 people to visit during the three days of the event, which is one of Europe's biggest agricultural events.

 

The IFA's Galway-based President Joe Healy is again calling on the Agriculture  Minister Michael Creed to open the low-cost loan scheme announced in last year's Budget, to assist farmers facing fodder shortages and huge feed bills this Winter.

Speaking with Midwest News this lunchtime from Screggan, Joe Healy said farmers need help to buy fodder and pay bills, and he says it's farcical that - almost 12 months on from the announcement - the low-cost loan scheme is still not in place.

 

 

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