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

Farm Costs

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

Brendan Griffin: 127. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the ongoing impacts of the war in Ukraine on Irish agriculture; the latest Government actions to mitigate negative impacts on Irish farmers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26908/22]

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

Brendan Griffin: My question relates to the war in Ukraine and the impacts it is having on Irish agriculture. Will the Minister discuss what is being done to try to assist Irish farmers at this very difficult time?

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

Charlie McConalogue: In the context of the Ukrainian crisis, significant implications are being seen across all sectors, particularly the agrifood sector. I assure the Deputy that the illegal invasion of Ukraine and its impacts on our farm families continue to be the number one priority for me and the Department since the invasion occurred. At farm level, the crisis has been impacting significantly on the...

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

Brendan Griffin: I thank the Minister and I appreciate the efforts that have been made to date. They are all very helpful and make a difference on the ground for individual farmers and farm families. I encourage the Minister to keep trying to do more and find more resources to assist our farming communities. The situation for farmers is akin to the situation for the tourism and hospitality sector during...

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

Charlie McConalogue: I am aware that Deputy Griffin has advocated strongly on this issue. On the need to support farmers with costs, the €1,000 we have provided for fodder production costs over the summer will be important in that regard. We did not apply that payment to the dairy sector in general because, thankfully, we are seeing record prices for milk. Teagasc figures will show that the increase in...

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

Brendan Griffin: It is welcome that milk prices are rising, but those who are locked in to prices face an enormous challenge. The stress and fear these people are facing are very worrying. I again call out Ornua. It is my understanding that the company was asked to appear before the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine and has not yet agreed to do so. That is unacceptable at this point....

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

Charlie McConalogue: There is a very important role for milk contracts, including fixed-price milk contracts going forward. In general, these contracts provide support for farmers given the fluctuations in markets. It is also important that there are safeguards in place for farmers around that. Lessons need to be learned from the experience in that regard in recent months. It is a matter for the co-operatives...

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

Catherine Connolly: As we are running out of time, I ask Deputy Leddin to skip the introduction to the next question and we will try to get a reply from the Minister followed by a response from the Deputy.

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

Common Agricultural Policy

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

Steven Matthews: 128. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the way he intends to bridge the gap identified by the European Commission between the greenhouse gas reduction targets for agriculture in the Climate Action Plan 2021 and the measures identified in the draft CAP strategic plan; the way the bridging of that gap will be funded; and if he...

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

Brian Leddin: The European Commission has identified a gap between the CAP strategic plan and the climate action plan vis-à-visthe targets. Will the Minister identify how he plans to bridge that gap and how we will reach the target of achieving a reduction of 1.2 megatonnes in emissions, as identified by the European Commission under the CAP strategic plan? I want to hear about the measures and how...

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

Charlie McConalogue: As highlighted previously, the Climate Action Plan 2021 sets very ambitious and challenging targets for the agriculture and land use sector in reducing emissions as a key contribution to the overall economy-wide 51% target by 2030. My policy approach to achieving our climate targets in the agriculture, land use and forestry sectors centres on four different drivers of change. The first...

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

Michael McNamara: I raised this issue with the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste earlier in the year and they said that the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine was meeting EU agriculture ministers and would be able to detail what was happening afterwards. When the Minister met the EU agriculture ministers, did he call for a reduction in or the abolition of EU import tariffs on fertiliser? I...

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

Charlie McConalogue: To take Deputy McNamara's points first, I want to ensure that farmers are getting an income from those schemes. It is important that the conditions of the schemes are met in order to make sure that the income is available. If we can ensure that farmers do what they normally do and grow grass as well as they normally do, using the land that they have, we will be in a good position next year....

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

Michael McNamara: What about lifting the tariffs?

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

Charlie McConalogue: I have asked for that. It is disappointing that we have not had action on it yet but I have been asking for it.

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

Agriculture Schemes

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

Willie O'Dea: 126. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the targeted measures that will be included in the new agri-environment scheme under CAP to ensure that farmers are rewarded for results that help to tackle the biodiversity crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26937/22]

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

Christopher O'Sullivan: What targeted measures will be included in the new agri-environment scheme under CAP to ensure that farmers are rewarded for results that help to tackle the biodiversity crisis?

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