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Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Sheep Welfare Scheme (19 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: In December 2016 I introduced the Sheep Welfare Scheme to contribute to the continuing viability and sustainability of the sheep sector in Ireland. The Scheme is funded through the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014 - 2020. Advance payments in the amount of €16 million under the first year of the Sheep Welfare Scheme have already issued.  Balancing payments in...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Monitoring of Food Safety Standards (19 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: Ensuring the highest standards of food safety, consumer protection, animal and plant health is a key function of my Department.  An integral element of this responsibility is the implementation of the national control plan whose primary objective is to ensure that feed and food is safe.  This multi-annual national control plan (MANCP), is produced in conjunction with the Food Safety...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Veterinary Inspection Service Staff (19 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: Veterinary Inspectors are recruited by my Department through a competitive process through the Public Appointments Service, the most recent recruitment campaign being that conducted in 2017. My Department regularly assesses its Business needs and makes appointments from panels as prioritised vacancies arise.  Occasionally, due to business demands, a Veterinary...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme Applications (19 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: An application for the Basic Payment Scheme and Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme was received from the person named on 14 July 2017.  As this was a late application it incurred a late application penalty. The person named submitted an appeal in relation to the late application penalty, and this appeal was upheld.  Accordingly, payment under the ANC Scheme will...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Young Farmers Scheme Eligibility (19 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: The persons named were successful applicants under the 2017 Young Farmers Scheme and received payment in December 2017.  As they both commenced farming in 2013 they are also eligible to apply for continued participation in the Young Farmers Scheme in 2018. 

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Animal Welfare (19 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: The Sheep Welfare Scheme requires participants to undertake and complete two measurable and verifiable Sheep Welfare actions. Applicants must chose these actions from a menu of actions provided for under the scheme. One of the actions which may be selected by a participant with lowland flocks is the prevention of flies (flystrike control). Under this action participants must incorporate...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Beef Exports (19 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: I propose to take Questions Nos. 281 and 282 together. I was delighted to announce the opening of the Chinese beef market earlier this week. The first three beef plants were approved and listed on CNCA’s website on Monday, April 16th. A further five plants are in the final stages of approval. This approval is a huge achievement for my Department. Getting to this stage has...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Farm Data (19 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: The CSO's 2013 Farm Structures Survey indicated that approximately 37,700 (27%) of Irish farmers are aged over 65 years and 8,200 (6%) are aged under 35 years. The full age breakdown as published by the CSO is: 2013 Number of Farmers % < 35 8,200 6% 35 - 44 22,800 16% 45 - 54 34,800 25% 55 - 64 35,600 26% > 65 37,700 27% Total 139,100 100% Source: Farm...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: GLAS Issues (19 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: Balancing Payments for the GLAS scheme can only commence when the Member State has verified that all eligibility conditions have been met. This is a requirement in the relevant EU Payment Regulations and is a long-standing EU audit requirement. DAFM is currently under-taking the required level of inspections required to facilitate the balancing payments and is working to have this...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Sheep Welfare Scheme Data (19 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: As balancing payments under the Sheep Welfare Scheme have not yet commenced, the information requested by the Deputy is not yet available. Balancing payments are due to commence shortly and the information requested will be forwarded to the Deputy directly as soon as payments are finalised and the information is available.

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Farm Data (19 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: The statistics requested in this Parliamentary Question are currently being compiled and will be forwarded shortly.

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Horticulture Sector (19 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: I recognise the very severe impact that storm Emma has had on the Horticultural sector, in particular on soft fruit and amenity plant producers. As an exceptional measure in response to the storm, Minister of State with responsibility for the Horticulture sector, Andrew Doyle, TD and I directed officials to re-open the 2018 Scheme of Investment Aid for the...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Fodder Crisis (19 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: To date a total of 45 applications have been received under the Fodder Transport Support Measure 2018. The county breakdown of applications is - County Number of Applications Clare 16 Donegal 12 Galway 1 Leitrim 1 Longford 1 Mayo 3 Roscommon 8 Sligo 2 Tipperary 1 TOTAL 45

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: EU Directives (19 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: I propose to take Questions Nos. 289 to 291, inclusive, together. I welcome the publication of the proposal for a Directive on Unfair Trading Practices(UTPs) in business to business relationships in the food supply chain. The Commission proposal seeks to protect the weakest links in the  supply chain, farmers and small and medium sized food companies. The ambition is not to...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Environmental Schemes (19 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: There is a whole of Government approach to climate policy with officials from my Department working very closely with other Departments and in particular with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, which leads in this area. In terms of ammonia, Ireland must comply with the National Emissions Ceilings Directive (NECD) under which ammonia emissions must...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Animal Welfare (19 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: The Department operates an Early Warning/Intervention System (EWS) which is an initiative, introduced by the Farm Animal Welfare Advisory Council (FAWAC) and includes representatives from the farming bodies, the ISPCA and officials from my Department. Its objective is to provide a framework in  which farm animal welfare problems can be identified before they become critical and...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Farm Inspections (19 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: The EU regulations governing the Direct Payment Schemes and Rural Development measures require my Department to conduct inspections to ensure compliance with scheme eligibility criteria and Cross Compliance requirements. These inspections, including cross compliance, are mandatory and there are minimum numbers and types of inspections that must take place annually....

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Beef Data and Genomics Programme (19 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: The Beef Data and Genomics Programme provides for six years of payments to participating farmers for completion of actions which deliver accelerated genetic improvement in the Irish national herd and improvement of its environmental sustainability. A key requirement of the Programme is that participants must take genomic samples from selected animals using tags...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Organic Farming (18 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: The certification, control and inspection of all organic operators in Ireland, including those engaged in the production of organic farmed salmon, has been delegated in accordance with EU Regulations to a number of approved Organic Control Bodies. The relevant Organic Control Body has confirmed that the site named is certified as an organic freshwater rearing site i.e. a hatchery.

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Origin Green Programme (18 Apr 2018)

Michael Creed: Origin Green is the national sustainability programme for the Irish food and drink industry. It is a Bord Bia initiative and operated by that State Body. Participating companies within the programme sign up on a voluntary basis. As part of the membership requirements, companies must develop a multi-annual sustainability plan with time-bound targets. This plan is then independently...

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