The IFA announced that a delegation from its organisation met with representatives from AIB and Bank of Ireland last week.
In a statement, Stephen Arthur, dairy committee chair, IFA said that both banks advised that farmers should be encouraged to get in touch early if they think they might need cashflow support for their businesses.
“Farmers should recognise, quantify and communicate their needs to their bank sooner rather than later was the advice,” he said.
Suite Of Options
The IFA noted that a suite of options is available to farmers, including loans for capital expenditure already carried out; stocking loans; and short-term working capital facilities to fund tax or other farm expenses.
Other options include interest-only repayments; extension of overdraft facilities; and in certain cases an extension of loan terms, it added.
Varied Interest Rates
Keith O’Boyle, liquid milk chair, IFA said that it is vital that farmers spend time looking at all the options as the terms and interest rates applicable vary considerably.
“A knee jerk reaction would be to request an extension to overdraft facilities, but that is the most expensive form of credit," he added.
"Farmers need to sit down now and do a cashflow forecast into next year to enable them to assess their individual situation."
Looking ahead, the IFA noted that it is planning to meet other financial providers in the short-term and will issue a guidance document to its members on all options available.