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

Peadar Tóibín: I was waiting for the word "fertiliser" to appear in the Minister's reply. Thankfully, we are there now. It is important to focus on what is happening in farming at the moment. Teagasc has detailed that there are major difficulties in the farming community at the moment. Only one third of farmers are currently making a living from farms. Another one third of farmers are only making a...

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

Charlie McConalogue: That is the objective behind the fodder support scheme I have introduced, which is paying €100 per hectare, up to a maximum of €1,000 for 10 ha. That is intended to support farmers with the cost challenges involved in growing silage and saving hay this year. We, as a Government, very much recognise the difficulties at this time. The cost of fertiliser, in particular, has...

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

Peadar Tóibín: I welcome the fact that the Government has made an effort to start to meet some of the costs with which farmers are dealing. However, from what I am hearing from farmers, it is not enough. We had a debate in this Chamber about a week ago on the issue of food security which is a significant concern at the moment. Food supply chains are tightening in this State and internationally. In fact,...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Change Policy (26 May 2022)

David Stanton: I thank the Minister for his response. I wish to raise two issues. I ask him to comment on the Meth-Abate project whereby methane is set to be reduced by the addition of seaweed additives. I ask him for his views on its effectiveness and potential. What is his Department doing to support research in this area? The last time we were here, I spoke about the targeted agricultural...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Change Policy (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: There is great potential for the use of feed additives to reduce methane. Seaweed is one of the options that can deliver on that. Other products are also coming on the market. Teagasc has carried out tests to assess how that would work in an Irish situation. The assessment suggests it can deliver a reduction of approximately 30% in methane, which is quite exciting and offers considerable...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Change Policy (26 May 2022)

David Stanton: I thank the Minister for that. I understand in some instances methane reductions of 67% have been observed. The Minister is right in what he is saying and I encourage his Department to move on that one. I again ask the Minister to comment on the planning restrictions with respect to solar panels on farm buildings. In some countries such restrictions do not exist and people can simply...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Change Policy (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I know the Deputy has been advocating for farmers to maximise the potential to produce energy in the years ahead as has the Government. Regarding the joined-up thinking that will be required to drive progress on this, we are engaged on a cross-Department basis to ensure the systems talk to one another so that it ultimately works at farm level. We need to support farmers to put the...

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

Common Agricultural Policy

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

Matt Carthy: 124. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his response to the request of the European Commission to strengthen the application of the partnership principle with regard to the next CAP; if he intends to re-engage farm stakeholders with regard to a revised CAP strategic plan; and if he intends to bring a revised CAP strategic plan before Dáil Éireann for debate....

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

Matt Carthy: What does the Minister plan to do to strengthen the application of the partnership principle with regard to the next CAP? Further to the correspondence he received from the European Commission does he intend to re-engage with stakeholders? Will he ensure we have a collaborative approach to Ireland's implementation of the next Common Agricultural Policy?

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

Charlie McConalogue: It has always been my policy to conform to the highest standards when it comes to stakeholder and public consultation. I believe farmer engagement, through farm organisations as well as directly with farmers in my tour of the mart network last year, was really important in framing this CAP programme and the CAP strategic plan I submitted to Brussels. This has been the case in the...

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

Matt Carthy: That the consultation process on the CAP strategic plan was disappointing. Essentially stakeholders were invited to make submissions and that was it. Online public meetings were organised in a very unsatisfactory manner, with no ability for people to engage directly. While the mart meetings the Minister mentioned were still continuing, the strategic plans had all but been drafted. We need...

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

Charlie McConalogue: We put a massive effort into engaging and consulting. We never previously had such extensive consultation. There were many different views and I believe we reached a balanced and strong CAP plan. The mart meetings were very important. It had not been finalised at that stage; it fed into the finalisation of it. I visited 26 counties as part of that. We had a great engagement with the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Fodder Crisis (26 May 2022)

Cathal Crowe: I thank the Minister. The €55 million silage scheme he has introduced is a positive development that will put money back in the pockets of farmers. It is also good to see the establishment of the national fodder and food security committee. Year on year, the farming organisations have only been brought to the table at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a crisis...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Fodder Crisis (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I recognise the efforts farmers are making and the response they are showing. Costs, including fertiliser costs, certainly have gone up and there are other challenges too. Farmers are recognising the absolute importance of growing grass. We also are seeing them take on board the advice from Teagasc in regard to the efficient use of organic manure. We have a lot of latent potential in this...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Fodder Crisis (26 May 2022)

Cathal Crowe: While the national silage scheme is welcome, there is an elephant in the room in that dairy farmers have been omitted from it. They are again asking whether they will be considered for inclusion. We are heading into late May and the silage season is upon us. Dairy farmers will see their beef counterparts receiving €100 per hectare, up to a maximum of 10 ha. It is a positive...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Fodder Crisis (26 May 2022)

Michael McNamara: I am glad Deputy Cathal Crowe showed up to ask this question because my Question No. 147 is similar. There is a convention whereby Departments group similar questions together, but that was not done in this instance. I hope it is not an attempt by the Minister's staff to avoid scrutiny of him.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Fodder Crisis (26 May 2022)

Alan Farrell: Deputy McNamara should speak to the question.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Fodder Crisis (26 May 2022)

Michael McNamara: It would be unfortunate if that were the case.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Fodder Crisis (26 May 2022)

Cathal Crowe: I show up every day.

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