Midlands-North West farmers must be supported in face of weather challenges – Maria Walsh MEP 

Farmers across Midlands-North West must be supported in the face of weather conditions that are creating significant pressures on farms, MEP Maria Walsh has said.

A difficult autumn in 2023 and persistent rain this spring have delayed livestock turnout, disrupted spring plantings, and caused difficulties with other fieldwork. 

MEP Maria Walsh said: “Right now, weather conditions are hammering farmer morale and we are moving into an unprecedented territory on farms. Farmers are acting responsibly but the reality is that the weather is preventing livestock turnout, spring planting, and other fielding right across Midlands-North West.

“This is causing untold stress for farmers who are trying to manage a difficult situation. I welcome the pausing of all non-essential farm inspections until 22 April to provide farmers with breathing space. Every and all options to support our farmers need to be considered if these difficult conditions persist.

“I am calling on Government and all actors in the sector to come together to provide a coordinated response to the situation facing farmers.”