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Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Food Industry Development (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: Food Wise 2025, the new ten year strategy for the agri-food sector, identifies the opportunities and challenges facing the sector and provides an enabling strategy that will allow the sector to grow and prosper. Food Wise includes more than 400 specific recommendations, spread across the cross-cutting themes of sustainability, innovation, human capital, market development and competitiveness;...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Agriculture Scheme Payments (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: Both GLAS and AEOS provide valuable support to farmers to deliver environmental benefits and public goods which will enhance Ireland's sustainability credentials into the future. They provide support to Irish farmers aimed at enhancing biodiversity, water quality and the mitigation of the future impacts of climate change while allowing Irish farmers to improve their agricultural practices. ...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Forestry Sector (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: The drafting of the Forestry Programme 2014 – 2020 included the production of a Natura Impact Statement and subsequent appropriate assessment, and this process concluded that the programme did not pose a threat to the integrity of the Natura 2000 network. In parallel to this, a Strategic Environmental Assessment was also carried out. As part of this assessment, an environmental report...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Coillte Teoranta (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: My most recent meeting with Coillte was on 10 April 2017 in Macroom, Co. Cork, at the launch of Coillte Premium Partners’, Coillte’s new private forestry partnership product. I met with both the Chairman of the Coillte Board, Mr. John Moloney, and the company’s CEO, Mr. Fergal Leamy, at the event. This contact is of course in addition to ongoing contact on operational and...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Fishing Licences (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: I presume the Deputy is referring to recommendation 10 of the Report on Promoting Sustainable Rural Coastal and Island Communities of the former Joint Sub-Committee on Fisheries published in January 2014.  That recommendation stated: The sub-Committee recommends that the Government examines the feasibility of 'heritage licences‘ to be issued by the Department for rural coastal...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Agriculture Cashflow Support Loan Scheme (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: Last month I welcomed the release of preliminary information from the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) regarding the uptake of the Agriculture Cashflow Support Loan Scheme. The Scheme, which was developed by my Department in co-operation with SBCI, makes €150 million available to farmers at interest rates of 2.95%. Distributed and administered through AIB, Bank of...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Fish Quotas (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: Under the Common Fisheries Policy, the landing obligation – which prohibits the wasteful practice of discarding of fish at sea - is being phased in over a 4 year period. The first phase, concerning pelagic stocks, came into effect on 1 January 2015.  The landing obligation was extended to certain demersal stocks (whitefish and prawns) from 1 January 2016 and will be fully phased...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme Eligibility (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: The Regulations governing the operation of the National Reserve include an optional provision whereby Member States may use the National Reserve to allocate new entitlements or give a top-up on the value of existing entitlements for persons who suffer from a specific disadvantage. In the context of the discussions with the EU Commission in early 2015 regarding the inclusion of the group...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Food Industry Development (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: The strawberry sector has invested significantly over recent years to improve the quality and consistency of output.    Traditionally Irish strawberry production was centered on field based production with harvesting very much concentrated in the traditional June-July period.  At that stage the majority of the crop was destined for low value processing.  While...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Greenhouse Gas Emissions (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: The historic Paris Agreement in December 2015 recognises the need to limit global temperature increases to 2050, to less than 2 degrees and to pursue an objective of limiting increases to less than 1.5 degrees. It also recognises that this must be achieved in a manner that does not threaten food production (Article 2). This reflects the need for a coherent approach to the twin...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: Under the Rural Development Regulation each Member State must designate areas eligible for payments under the Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme.  The ANC scheme replaces the previous Disadvantaged Areas Scheme / Less Favoured Areas Scheme.  The designation of eligible areas under these schemes to date has been based on a range of socio-economic factors. From 2018...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: GLAS Expenditure (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: Both the GLAS and AEOS agri-environment schemes provide valuable support to farmers to deliver environmental benefits and public goods which will enhance Ireland's sustainability credentials into the future. They provide support to Irish farmers aimed at enhancing biodiversity, water quality and the mitigation of the future impacts of climate change while allowing Irish farmers to improve...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Brexit Issues (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: My Department and its agencies have conducted various analyses of the likely impact of Brexit on the agri-food sector. These analyses range from initial and ongoing internal departmental assessments to published work by Teagasc and Bord Bia. This is an ongoing process, and will continue through extensive consultation with stakeholders, for example through the...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Nitrates Usage (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: My Department is aware of recent media coverage and at the outset, it is important to note that the lead on this issue is the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment as it relates to the National Clean Air Strategy consultation which was open during March and April this year. Within this context, the consultation document identified the main issues in...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Sugar Industry (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: By way of explanation I would like to give the Deputy a short background to this issue.  A temporary restructuring scheme was introduced with the aim of reducing EU sugar production. Greencore, the holder of the entire Irish sugar quota, availed of this voluntary scheme, dismantled its facilities and ceased production in 2006. Ireland secured €353 million as part of the...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Agriculture Cashflow Support Loan Scheme (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: One of my priorities has been to address the impact of the change in the sterling exchange rate and lower commodity prices in some agriculture sectors. Last month I welcomed the release of preliminary information from the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) regarding the uptake of the Agriculture Cashflow Support Loan Scheme. The Scheme, which was developed by my Department in...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Agriculture Scheme Administration (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: In 2015 my Department published the "A Guide to Land Eligibility" booklet, which issued to all farmers, detailing all of the requirements that applicants must comply with to ensure that their land is and remains eligible for payment.  The land declared by an applicant under the various EU funded area-based schemes must be eligible agricultural land and must also have an agricultural...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Fishing Industry (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: The matters which arose in relation to non-EEA workers in the fishing industry required a cross-Departmental and cross-agency response. The Government set up an inter-Departmental Task Force to examine the issues involved. The main recommendation of the report of the Task Force was the establishment of a sector-specific Atypical Worker Permission system which is an extension of the...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Aquaculture Development (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: I received the Report of the independent Aquaculture Licensing Review Group on 31stMay 2017. This Group was tasked with making recommendations to improve the existing licensing system and to undertake steps to review the legislative framework having regard to Government policy for the sustainable development of aquaculture, as outlined in Food Wise 2025 and the National Strategic Plan for...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Dairy Sector (22 Jun 2017)

Michael Creed: While dairy markets are currently broadly stable, the Deputy will be aware that between mid 2014 and the end of 2016 dairy markets experienced significant difficulties. This was due to a combination of factors including increased global supply, the effects of the Russian ban on the import of EU agri-food products and reduced global demand, notably for dairy products...

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