Minister lost touch with Munster farmers as fodder crisis deepens –…

first_imgLimerick Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live BusinessNewsMinister lost touch with Munster farmers as fodder crisis deepens – CollinsBy Staff Reporter – April 3, 2018 1687 Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Previous articleThe next Limerick Historical Society lecture to be given by former RTE correspondentNext articleRecord number of volunteers take part in forth installment of Team Limerick Clean- Up Staff Reporter Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook TAGScrisisFianna FáilfodderlimerickMichael Creedniall collinsTeagasc WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival THE MUNSTER farming community has been failed by the Minister for agriculture, food and marine, Michael Creed TD, according to Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins who said the department has left the fodder crisis deepen and spread nationwide.Farmers throughout the dairy heartland of Munster and South Leinster have been left in crisis as fodder supplies dwindle.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In a bid to combat the shortages, a forage register to connect feed buyers and sellers is being established by Teagasc and it is expected that the register will help farmers who have run out of fodder to source silage and other feed supplies from those with surplus stocks.However, Deputy Collins, newly appointed as the party spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade, said that “Minister Creed has lost touch with hard pressed farmers.“He has effectively switched off, judging by his comments earlier this week that it is the “individual responsibility” of each farmer to ensure there is enough fodder on farms.“This is a shocking state of affairs and shows how out of touch Fine Gael is with rural Ireland.“This government lacks empathy and has failed to grasp the severity of the situation of farmers who are struggling to survive as the cold wet weather continues unabated.“We are now into April and poor soil conditions are preventing farmers from putting their cattle out to grass.“The government’s transport subsidy scheme has been a gigantic failure with just nine applications to date. The Minister totally misjudged the situation.Deputy Collins said that from day one, “I have called for a meal voucher scheme to be set up for farmers affected.“Teagasc has been advising farmers to prioritise the feeding of meal concentrates to plug the gap. As it’s a grain based product, there is no shortage of supply and it would reduce the demand for fodder.“However, the Minister’s short-sighted scheme completely ignored this, focusing solely on fodder transportation, therefore driving up the demand, and the price of hay and silage bales nationwide.“Minister Creed must step up to the mark and realise that farmers are genuinely struggling. This government’s anti-rural attitude cannot be allowed to persist”, Deputy Collins added.See more news here Email Advertisement Linkedinlast_img read more

Press release: Bed bugs project is among 53 business ideas to receive funding

first_imgView the full details of all 53 winning projects. The objective of this project is to develop an effective test prototype of this powerful lure, to be used in a bed bug-specific trap, capable of detecting early stage infestations, that is effective, sensitive, long lasting, safe, affordable and discrete. The common bed bug bite can cause reactions ranging from minor irritation to severe allergic hypersensitivity. They are a pest of significant public health importance and a major global economic problem, widely infesting homes, hospitals and dormitories and damaging the hospitality industry through infestation of hotels, cinemas and transport. There are a few bed bug detection methods and monitoring devices available, but there are no established products with proven reliability and efficacy for detecting low level infestations quickly. Find out more about Innovate UK’s open programme and active competitions. Competition backgroundInnovate UK’s open competition programme is available to any technology, science, engineering or industrial area for innovation projects at various stages. Projects should cost between £25,000 and £2 million and last up to 36 months. It is designed to help develop cutting-edge projects at any stage from conceptualisation, through to prototype development and demonstration, with a view to eventual commercialisation. Through our ongoing funding programme we are supporting hundreds of high-growth businesses, collaborations and industries to innovate and compete in future global markets. Bed bug control remains one of the most lucrative and growing markets in the pest management industry globally and insect numbers are also reported to be increasing rapidly. Other projects to receive grant funding include West Midlands’ Key Forensic Services Ltd (£599,260), who are developing a desktop DNA sampling system to dramatically speed up crime scene investigation.Also, Northern Ireland-based Almac Diagnostics Ltd (£500,001) are working on a lab and software solution to improve the success of clinical cancer trials for a range of patients, while Cambridge business Entomics Biosystems Ltd (£571,166) is leading a partnership developing an innovative system to enable insects to become a nutritious and sustainable feed ingredient for the UK poultry market. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has identified a new bed bug aggregation pheromone, which acts as a powerful lure. A spin-out company from the LSHTM, Vecotech Ltd, has received a grant of £220,034 to help the commercialisation of a product to detect infestations at an early stage, which would lead to more effective control.Professor James Logan, of Vecotech and Head of Department of Disease Control at LSHTM, said: All of these projects are tackling issues that affect many people and cover key sectors linked to government’s Industrial Strategy. They have the potential to have a lasting impact. The overall quality of applications from across the country was of exceptionally high standard and covers a wide range of industries, from digital and creative to biosciences and medicine development, which shows the appetite of UK businesses to innovate and grow. In this round, a total of £17.44 million has been allocated by Innovate UK for projects which cover new products, processes or services that have the potential to generate significant positive impact and growth for the UK economy.Fionnuala Costello, Head of Open Programmes at Innovate UK, said:last_img read more