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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Agriculture Schemes (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I thank Deputy O'Sullivan for raising this issue. It is proposed, as part of Ireland’s draft CAP strategic plan which is currently with the European Commission for approval, that there will be two approaches within the new agri-environment scheme. As I outlined earlier, there will be standard or general agri-environment climate measures, AECM, involving a range of actions that...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Agriculture Schemes (26 May 2022)

Christopher O'Sullivan: I thank the Minister for his response. I have consistently said that the upcoming agri-environment scheme is going to be one of the key measures in tackling biodiversity loss and turning that tide. The Minister gave a good outline of the scheme and its fundamentals are good, particularly the eight co-operation areas. It is so important that within those co-operation areas there are...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Agriculture Schemes (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: Co-operation and collaboration between farmers is needed to deliver the results we want and we now have a mechanism to enable that to happen. Over the last two or three decades, there has been a decline in biodiversity, not just in Ireland but across the world, and a biodiversity crisis has emerged. This is something we have to take really seriously and to reverse and this scheme is crucial...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Agriculture Schemes (26 May 2022)

Christopher O'Sullivan: I agree with the Minister that it is important to get this right. In terms of the eight co-operation areas and the menu B items, I have been studying the maps and there is some really exciting potential there. The one most relevant to me is the Cork Kerry co-operation area which takes in parts of Kerry and large parts of west Cork. Having studied the maps, however, a very obvious omission...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Agriculture Schemes (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I thank Deputy O'Sullivan for raising this point. If he provides further details and data on it, I will certainly have it considered and assessed. The Department has worked with the National Parks and Wildlife Service using the available evidence, intelligence and data to identify the areas where co-operative projects would work and deliver results and where collaboration is needed. In...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Common Agricultural Policy (26 May 2022)

Matt Carthy: The Minister is at it again. He is playing games and trying to twist and spin things. It is beneath his office, I must say. The Minister has a very important job of work, that is, to ensure we have a Common Agricultural Policy that actually protects Irish agriculture for generations to come at a time when the industry is facing many challenges. The place of Oireachtas Members is not at...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Common Agricultural Policy (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I thank the Deputy. The consultation process was done in a depth that was never done before. There has been immense opportunity for the Deputy's party and other parties to feed into that through the consultation process.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Common Agricultural Policy (26 May 2022)

Matt Carthy: We did so and the Minister should put that on the record.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Common Agricultural Policy (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: Sinn Féin did engage in the written consultation process. The Deputy would not get what was important and valuable in the process because he did not show up to any of the marts to listen to the farmers who were sharing their views. Some of those meetings lasted for three or four hours. The engagement and feedback were phenomenal. There were many different perspectives and varying...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Common Agricultural Policy (26 May 2022)

Matt Carthy: The European Commission saw the plans before the elected Members of this House. That is a scandal.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Common Agricultural Policy (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: The real and detailed engagement with the plan does not happen through a to and fro on the floor of the Dáil. It happens by getting down and engaging directly with the farming community it impacts. That is the approach we have taken and that is why I believe this CAP strategic plan is balanced and will serve farming well for the years ahead.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Farm Costs (26 May 2022)

Farm Costs

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Farm Costs (26 May 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: 125. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his Department is monitoring the increase in the cost of fertiliser; and if so, if he will detail the percentage increase in the cost of fertiliser over the past three years. [26209/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Farm Costs (26 May 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: The increase in the cost of fertiliser is hammering farmers across the country at the moment. According to the Central Statistics Office, CSO, there has been a 130% increase in the space of just two years in the cost of farm fertiliser. Farmers are also being hammered by energy prices, which have gone up by 30%, while feed prices have gone up by 20%. The input costs for farming are...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Farm Costs (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I thank the Deputy for raising this important issue. It is proposed as part of Ireland's draft CAP strategic plan, which is currently with the European Commission for approval, that there will be two approaches within the EU agri-environment climate measure, AECM. The first approach will be an environmental approach that offers a range of actions that individual farmers may undertake. The...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Farm Costs (26 May 2022)

Alan Farrell: The Minister is reading the wrong reply. This is Question No. 125 in the name of Deputy Tóibín.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Farm Costs (26 May 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: My question relates to farm fertiliser.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Farm Costs (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: Pardon me.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Farm Costs (26 May 2022)

Alan Farrell: I have the correct reply here, if it is helpful to the Minister.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Farm Costs (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I apologise to Deputy Tóibín. The current situation around the cost and availability of farm inputs remains a significant concern. The impact the invasion of Ukraine is having on our farm families has been the number one priority the Department in recent months. It will continue to be prioritised. Fertiliser prices have increased significantly over the past 12 months and,...

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