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Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: As Deputy Connolly will be aware, one of the commitments in the current programme for Government is to conduct a review of the potential demand for wool-based products, such as for insulation and fertilisers in domestic and international markets. There is huge potential for us to develop a wool industry here in Ireland to help to drive increased returns to our sheep farming families. Over...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (26 May 2022)

Catherine Connolly: When we ask a lot of questions, we build up a library of responses. What jumps out of that response gives life to the cliché of pulling the wool over our eyes. The Minister repeated, as the Minister of State repeated, the huge potential in regard to wool products, and I agree with them. Where is the feasibility study? What is the delay? Part of the terms of reference surely included...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: We are being very proactive in trying to identify new uses for wool. The completion of the report took longer than we had hoped but we were pushing hard to keep it moving along. Thankfully, we now have the report and it will be published in the next short period - over the next few weeks. Our objective has to be to see how we can add value to wool. Its traditional use is in regard to...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (26 May 2022)

Catherine Connolly: I fully appreciate that but the same language has been used repeatedly, with reference made to the programme for Government, conducting a review, the potential demand for insulation and fertilisers, and the domestic and international markets. I welcome the Minister's confirmation that it is going to be published, which is positive news. Cuirim fáilte roimh an fógra sin. However,...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: To take the Deputy’s approach, we are looking for woolly opportunities here. We are looking to maximise the potential that wool can deliver in terms of new uses, ones that have not traditionally been used and ones which can deliver a profit margin for farmers and remove what has become a cost for them. Under the programme for Government, we have taken this initiative, which is unique...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (26 May 2022)

Catherine Connolly: What has been the cost to date?

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: As to the overall cost, €100,000 was committed to the project.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions (26 May 2022)

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

Fodder Crisis

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

Cathal Crowe: 122. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the measures that his Department is taking in conjunction with the relevant agencies to put adequate supports in place for the farming and livestock sector to ensure sufficient fodder supplies and prevent a fodder crisis in the coming winter months. [26521/22]

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

Cathal Crowe: What strategies and policies has the Department put in place to avert a fodder crisis this winter?

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

Charlie McConalogue: I thank Deputy Crowe for raising this issue. I also thank him for his advocacy in regard to the challenges facing farmers as a result of cost pressures, in particular his advocacy and representations on putting a scheme in place to support Clare farmers and farmers nationally in regard to growing fodder and preparing for the winter ahead. As he will be aware, shortly after the Russian...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Organic Farming (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: There has been engagement with other Departments on that issue and there will continue to be. The 7.5% target was set when the three Government parties agreed the programme for Government. It represents a significant increase-----

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Organic Farming (26 May 2022)

Matt Carthy: By when?

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Organic Farming (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: The end of this programme for Government period. That is why we have increased the funding allocation for organics in the Common Agricultural Policy, CAP, programme fivefold compared with the previous programme. We have allocated €250 million to organics over the course of the next CAP period, which will run from 2023 to 2027. Those who have applied to the scheme this year and last...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Organic Farming (26 May 2022)

Matt Carthy: Regarding procurement, we need to go beyond just engaging with Departments. Consider the hundreds of millions of euro the State spends on food for hospitals, schools and buildings such as this one, for example. When using public money to purchase food, it would send a strong signal and be a supportive measure for the sector if a portion of that budget were ring-fenced for Irish-produced...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Organic Farming (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: We are making good progress. I have outlined the Government's commitment of a fivefold increase in funding for organics over the next few years. Between last year and this, the area under organic farming has increased by 35%. That is significant, but we need to drive on. We want to reach the 7.5% target. We want to communicate to farmers the great opportunity for them presented by moving...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (26 May 2022)

Agriculture Industry

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (26 May 2022)

Carol Nolan: 120. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will address the concerns that agricultural contractors are facing in terms of unprecedented input costs that are leading to major instability within the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27216/22]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (26 May 2022)

Carol Nolan: What measures will the Minister take to address the unprecedented and significant input costs our agricultural contractors are facing? The Association of Farm and Forestry Contractors in Ireland, FCI, has highlighted its concern for the sector's viability, stating the sector is under increased pressure and that, in addition to the supply issues, the significant fuel costs are making the...

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