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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Forestry Sector (8 Dec 2022)

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Senator Pippa Hackett): I thank the Deputy for raising this issue. Forestry is the largest tool in our armour to achieve climate action and sequestration. We know it is essential. Our new forest strategy is all about planting the right trees in the right places, under the right management and for the right purpose....

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Forestry Sector (8 Dec 2022)

Bernard Durkan: To what extent will the Minister of State continue to encourage the use of specific species of trees for certain purposes? There is quite a difference between some of the hardwood trees and some of the conifers. The much-maligned Sitka spruce has been consigned to the waste bin in most cases, wrongly in my opinion. It has a huge contribution to make, particularly in shelter. In forests,...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Forestry Sector (8 Dec 2022)

Michael McNamara: I appreciate the progress the Department has made but the reality is that while there is an increase and it is an improvement, it is from a very low base which nobody could possibly defend. The question is whether the Department is meeting its targets. The last time I was in this Chamber with Deputy Fitzmaurice the Minister of State accused him of being very negative. People cannot be...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Forestry Sector (8 Dec 2022)

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Senator Pippa Hackett): I acknowledge that confidence is low in the sector and we need to work towards regaining that confidence. I would like to think that the new forestry programme will help with that in a significant way. Unfortunately, I can do nothing about the base, which was there before I started. We can...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Forestry Sector (8 Dec 2022)

Martin Browne: The issue is with speed.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Forestry Sector (8 Dec 2022)

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Senator Pippa Hackett): I hope they will continue.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Forestry Sector (8 Dec 2022)

Question No. 134 taken with Written Answers.

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

Agriculture Supports

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

Bernard Durkan: 135. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the extent to which he and his Department continue to monitor the cost of farm inputs, including fuel and fertilisers, with a view to identifying how best to meet the challenges of issues arising from the war in Ukraine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61278/22]

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

Bernard Durkan: I seek to ascertain the extent to which the Minister monitors the cost of inputs to farms, how it affects farm income and what efforts can be made to ameliorate these issues.

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

Charlie McConalogue: I am acutely aware of the impact rising input costs has on farmers, their families and businesses. This is a period of exceptional challenge and uncertainty for our farm families and I have been working to support them through this period. The rise in feed and fertiliser prices in the last year has been significant. There are a number of factors at play in the market, including energy...

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

Bernard Durkan: Has an audit been done on the impact of the various price increases on farm inputs, including energy? What can be done specifically in each and any case to reduce the impact? How much of a positive impact has been noticed in the agrifood sector as a result of these interventions?

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

Charlie McConalogue: We are closely monitoring this matter. My Department, working closely with Teagasc, is assessing the impact of costs on farm incomes. That is why I stepped forward with the fodder support this year to which farmers have responded very strongly. It is also why I brought forward the payment for next year to enable farmers to plan ahead and equip them with additional funds to purchase...

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

Bernard Durkan: I congratulate the Minister on the tillage incentive which is hugely important. Based on the information available to the Minister and Department, what are the most likely areas of difficulty in the coming 12 months? How can the supports the Minister has introduced be redirected, if necessary, to ensure the maximum benefit for those who depend on the farm for their income?

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

Michael McNamara: The Minister talked about acting in conjunction with his EU counterparts. Previously in this Chamber, he expressed what I would call hope that there will be some joint action on fertilisers. Is he happy with the EU’s response on fertilisers? Did he advocate something greater than that which the EU ultimately decided to do or, rather, not do?

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

Charlie McConalogue: To respond to Deputy McNamara’s question, I have been advocating for the anti-dumping tariff to be removed. That has not happened at EU level. It is a small proportion of the very high cost of fertiliser at the moment but it would have been a help nonetheless. I am disappointed that did not progress at EU level. I know Kildare, where Deputy Durkan comes from, has a great tillage...

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

Questions Nos. 136 to 145, inclusive, taken with Written Answers.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Renewable Energy Generation (8 Dec 2022)

Renewable Energy Generation

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Renewable Energy Generation (8 Dec 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: 146. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his proposals to increase the adoption of rooftop solar energy generation on farms. [61185/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Renewable Energy Generation (8 Dec 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: We all know that with climate change and the energy crisis, we have to deliver rooftop solar energy. It is the low-hanging fruit. We have many buildings on farms and farmers are looking for opportunities. It is just a matter of meeting them halfway. I assume I will be delighted with the Minister’s answer.

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