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

Charlie McConalogue: I thank the Deputy for posing this question. In the context of the Ukrainian crisis, significant implications are being seen across all sectors, including the agrifood sector. As well as the immediate humanitarian crisis that is facing us and that must take priority, we need to take the necessary steps to ensure food security is maintained in the period ahead. The impact the illegal war in...

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

Carol Nolan: I thank the Minister for his response, but the Ukrainian crisis was not responsible for the introduction of the carbon tax, which has crippled agricultural contractors and had pushed many of them out of the sector before the Ukrainian crisis ever erupted. This Government blames either a crisis or the EU, but it needs to take responsibility and implement clear measures to support this sector....

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

Charlie McConalogue: There have been intensive engagements between my team and contractors on the issues facing the latter. I will meet them shortly to discuss the challenges further. Due to the fact that excise duty on green diesel is much lower than on auto diesel, the capacity to make changes in that excise duty is limited. We applied significant cuts to standard diesel and standard petrol in response to...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Departmental Policies (26 May 2022)

Departmental Policies

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Departmental Policies (26 May 2022)

Denis Naughten: 118. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to facilitate farmers trading carbon credits; if he intends to establish a verifiable framework to record and manage net carbon sequestration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27161/22]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Departmental Policies (26 May 2022)

Denis Naughten: The agriculture sector is facing an emissions reduction target of 30% by 2030 due to the failure by the Government to progress any actions over the past two years to reduce emissions. While plenty of stick is being doled out to farmers to meet these targets, there is not too much carrot. What is being planned to encourage farmers to sequester carbon and get rewarded for it?

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Departmental Policies (26 May 2022)

Martin Heydon: I thank the Deputy for raising this important matter. The recent publication of the European Commission's communication, Sustainable Carbon Cycles, has sent a clear signal to European member states on the need to increase the ambition and participation of our land managers in the area of carbon removals and reductions. Under the recently updated all-of-government Climate Action Plan 2021,...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Departmental Policies (26 May 2022)

Denis Naughten: I am afraid not too much excitement was relayed in that response. As the Minister of State knows, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has pointed out that mitigating greenhouse gases alone will not get us to net zero. We need to increase our carbon stocks, and measuring what we have in our soils, hedges and trees is key to that, in addition to improving our soil health and, in...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Departmental Policies (26 May 2022)

Martin Heydon: The challenge is to have a baseline. We need to have a baseline so we can adequately market in the future the activities of farmers. Should we have been doing this earlier than recent years? Probably. If we had our baseline from five or ten years ago, we would be in a stronger position now, but that is why the investment we are undertaking now is so important. It is critical to have a...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Departmental Policies (26 May 2022)

Denis Naughten: We will not get a baseline with 20 sites. To get the ball rolling, we need to support a comprehensive carbon soil analysis programme throughout this country. We need to roll out the airborne light detection and radar surveys on our land. Instead of expanding the airborne surveys, the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications has suspended its existing programme, but should...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Departmental Policies (26 May 2022)

Martin Heydon: I respectfully disagree with the suggestion the Government is sitting on its hands. We have talked about the national agricultural soil carbon observatory, which is obviously important, and the flux towers in different locations are a key component of that. These will be established through working with the Teagasc signpost programme. We also have the pilot soil sampling programme, which...

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

Organic Farming

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

Matt Carthy: 119. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his proposals to increase participation in organic farming. [26983/22]

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

Matt Carthy: Organic farming is one area where the interests of Irish agriculture and our climate action targets can collide, yet we have set a very low target in this State, which has been highlighted by the European Commission. What is the Minister's proposal to increase participation in organic farming within Irish agriculture?

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

Charlie McConalogue: Growing our land under organics and continuing to build a very exciting sector here is a key priority of mine and the Minister of State, Deputy Hackett. The current programme for Government target is to align the utilisable agricultural area under organic production in Ireland with the EU average of 7.5%. A budget of €21 million was allocated to the organic farming scheme in 2022,...

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

Matt Carthy: The Minister mentioned the 7.5% target was the EU average about three years ago. It has already gone way beyond that. For what year is that target? When does the Minister expect to achieve it and what is the Government's target for 2030? The EU has set a target of 25% for then. The Minister mentioned marketing opportunities and the need to ensure that, when farmers move to organic...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Hospital Inspections (26 May 2022)

Alan Farrell: Deputy Connolly may give a very brief response.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Hospital Inspections (26 May 2022)

Catherine Connolly: I am stickler for time. I could not accept that in 2015 it was unfit for purpose and yet here we are in 2022. I will follow it up elsewhere again.

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

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

Agriculture Industry

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