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Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (8 Dec 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I have received the two reports and at this point I am not cherry-picking different options or proposals within either of them in advance of making a final decision on all of them. That is all I am saying. My commitment to the suckler herd is clear and that is why I have increased the payments next year under the beef suckler scheme from what had been €90 on the first ten cows under...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (8 Dec 2022)

Matt Carthy: As the Minister said, we have 80,000 suckler farms. They are a crucial economic driver in many rural communities. They are not the most profitable but they are often the most economically impactful. Before considering any suckler reduction scheme, will the Minister commit to considering the potential impact that such a scheme would have on the land mobility service by driving up the price...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (8 Dec 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: There are no plans at the moment to introduce such a scheme. We have two reports: the food vision dairy group report, which has proposed a voluntary reduction scheme for dairy farmers that had significant support among a number of stakeholders on the group. Some of the farm organisations reserved their position on that. We have another proposal from the beef and sheep group on which there...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions (8 Dec 2022)

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions (8 Dec 2022)

Question No. 121 taken with Written Answers.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Agriculture Schemes (8 Dec 2022)

Agriculture Schemes

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Agriculture Schemes (8 Dec 2022)

Matt Carthy: 122. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he intends to reopen the fodder scheme to new applicants. [61130/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Agriculture Schemes (8 Dec 2022)

Martin Browne: Does the Minister intend to reopen the fodder scheme to new applicants? The purpose of the scheme is to incentivise farmers to have enough fodder for the coming winter. Would it not be prudent to take measures to maximise participation by not restricting it to those in the scheme last year? Why was the scheme devised in a manner that excludes so many farmers?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Agriculture Schemes (8 Dec 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: Yes, I will open up to new entrants next year because I want to ensure everyone who makes fodder or hay next year has the additional costs involved in that supported by the Government. As the Deputy will be aware, I launched the 2023 fodder support scheme on 2 November. The 2022 scheme proved to be successful with more than 71,000 applicants, with each of them due to receive an average...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Agriculture Schemes (8 Dec 2022)

Martin Browne: The Minister has made it clear that it will be open for people who did not qualify last year. For example, someone who took over a farm would not have submitted the application in time. They may apply in the spring. I agree with him that the majority of farmers plan ahead and ensure they have enough fodder for their animals. Did he say that payments went out this week and the new...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Schemes (8 Dec 2022)

Agriculture Schemes

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Schemes (8 Dec 2022)

Seán Canney: 119. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will open applications for the ACRES in early 2023 to allow farmers who could not meet the 2022 application deadline to qualify for a payment in 2023; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61447/22]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Schemes (8 Dec 2022)

Seán Canney: The application process for the agri-climate rural environment scheme, ACRES, closed yesterday evening and there was probably a frenzy of activity within the Department to handle all the applications that came in. My question relates to the farmers who have not applied or had time to apply or have missed the deadline through no fault of their own. The Minister intends to reopen the...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Schemes (8 Dec 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I thank the Deputy for raising this issue. ACRES is part of the agri-environment climate measure in Ireland’s CAP strategic plan for 2023 to 2027. It is a voluntary scheme whereby farmers, when approved, will undertake certain actions on their land for at least five years. It closed last night and I want to recognise the massive work that has gone into the application process by the...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Schemes (8 Dec 2022)

Seán Canney: I also thank the Minister for extending the scheme for two weeks and I know a number of Deputies, including myself, approached him about this and he did take action. I welcome the fact he will review this. Farmers rely on income supports and on these types of grants to make sure they have a cash flow. If farmers who were in GLAS cannot get into this scheme, there will be a gap in their...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Schemes (8 Dec 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: It will not be possible to open the scheme earlier next year because there are specific workloads throughout the year. This puts a massive workload on advisers and March-April is the key time of year for basic income support through the basic payment scheme, BPS, applications. We have worked closely with the advisers and their representatives on the window for applying for ACRES and on how...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Schemes (8 Dec 2022)

Seán Canney: No doubt from listening to farmers himself, the Minister does grasp that the important issue is that there is something done for people in a gap year so they are not just left in a vacuum. I also welcome his statement that he will examine any anomalies that arose in the process and in the criteria. If there is an issue, maybe farmers could access their application again over a short period...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Schemes (8 Dec 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I thank the Deputy again for raising the matter. I have been pleased with the reaction to the ACRES scheme. It has been well received by farmers across the country. It was a key commitment from the two Ministers of State, Senator Hackett and Deputy Heydon and myself, representing three different parties, when we negotiated the programme for Government and went into government, to put a...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (8 Dec 2022)

Agriculture Industry

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (8 Dec 2022)

Matt Carthy: 120. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he intends to introduce measures that will result in the destocking of suckler cows, as recommended by the food vision beef and sheep group, considering the significant economic impact that this would have and recognising that suckler beef production has a lower emission profile than other sectors for which similar proposals...

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