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

Agriculture Schemes

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

Michael McNamara: 159. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the purpose of the discrimination between the funding available to male and female applicants aged 41-55 years under the TAMS scheme; the steps he will take to enable all applicants to access the higher level of funding regardless of their gender; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61352/22]

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

Michael McNamara: I ask the Minister to set out the purpose of the discrimination between the funding available to male and female applicants aged 41 to 55 years under the TAMS scheme. What steps will he will take to enable all applicants to access the higher level of funding regardless of their gender? Will he make a statement on the matter?

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

Charlie McConalogue: The Deputy will be as well aware as I am that we have had a massive cultural challenge over the years around women not being treated equally with men when it comes to farm inheritance because of cultural perceptions. It has been the case for too long that a son or nephew is often preferred over a niece or daughter regardless of interest levels. This has led to a situation where only 13% of...

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

Michael McNamara: Of course it is welcome that more female vets are coming out of the agricultural colleges, but the reality is that it is to do with the points system. When one looks at the very top achievers when it comes to third level entry points, one sees that they are often women rather than men. Just because a person has obtained an excellent number of points - regardless of being male or female - it...

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

Charlie McConalogue: If Deputy McNamara has any more ideas about what we can implement, the Ministers of State, Senator Hackett and Deputy Heydon, and I are very open to them. We want to change things to see more women coming into farming. We want to support it. This is why we are pushing the barriers out, getting the message out there strongly, and actually doing it in terms of supports. If there is anything...

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

Michael McNamara: The first female Minister for agriculture.

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

Charlie McConalogue: Of course, the first female Minister. It is great to be serving alongside the Minister of State, Senator Hackett, as the first female Minister of State in this role at Cabinet level. We have appointed the former Minister, Mary Coughlan, to chair the dialogue on women in agriculture, which will take place on St. Brigid's Day, 1 February. This will bring together all stakeholders and farm...

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

Michael McNamara: The first suggestion I have is that the Minister would end the discrimination, regardless of its motivation. I believe the times are gone when a farmer would leave his farm to his eldest son regardless of whether he wanted it, or indeed would leave it to a son over a daughter. Most farmers now are relieved if any of their children are interested in farming, or, if they have no child, any...

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

Bernard Durkan: I would expect that the equality legislation would prevail in all assistance that is available, and that the equality legislation would enable equal participation of male and female farmers. If the grant aid varies between male and female applicants, obviously there is a slight challenge there to the equality legislation. I hope this can be overcome.

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

Pippa Hackett: As a female farmer, I can say that there is not equality. That is the problem. There is not equality on the ground. Female farmers own 13% of the farms. There are cultural elements there and farms are not being left to girls, daughters and nieces, but it is difficult. There are amazing female farmers out there but it is difficult to be a female farmer. When one goes to the mart, it is...

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

Charlie McConalogue: The Deputy will be absolutely delighted because this is a big priority for the Government. He will warmly welcome how the Government is delivering on this and many other issues. Solar has considerable potential. We want to back farm families in developing it, availing of it and benefiting from it. To encourage on-farm renewable technology uptake and usage, grant aid is provided through...

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

Ruairi Ó Murchú: We all welcome the fact that the work that needs to be done is absolutely necessary. I would imagine that the Minister has been at more IFA meetings than I have, but at several of them I have seen a large number of people who are ready for change. Some of the complaints, particularly those over recent years, relate to the fact that people did not believe the solar panel grant scheme was...

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

Charlie McConalogue: Subject to getting approval from the EU Commission, the new TAMS will be kicking off next January. A significant thing I am doing to drive uptake among farm families is providing a separate €90,000 allocation under TAMS specifically for solar. It is separate from the €90,000 allocation for other on-farm investments. There has been a bit of a drag regarding the uptake of solar...

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

Ruairi Ó Murchú: In fairness, we would all like to see a drive regarding the uptake. I welcome the separate allocation for batteries and solar panels, because we want people to opt for every means of electricity generation given the circumstances we find ourselves in. Could the Minister indicate the sorts of numbers we are looking at? Uptake is vital because we really need to ensure we are operating at...

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

Charlie McConalogue: It is hard to know the numbers but everybody should be considering solar. I want everybody to do so. With regard to microgeneration, I am engaging with the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Deputy Eamon Ryan, on his plans to develop a feed-in tariff, separate from TAMS, that farmers will be able to use to generate more solar energy – for example, by having...

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

Questions Nos. 147 and 148 taken with Written Answers.

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

Forestry Sector

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

Bernard Durkan: 149. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the extent to which he hopes to mitigate carbon reduction requirements by way of enhanced sequestration, thereby ensuring the viability of the agrifood sector while at the same time meeting carbon-reduction targets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61277/22]

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

Bernard Durkan: My question seeks to ascertain the extent to which tree-growing can contribute to sequestration, despite the concerns or expressions to the contrary to the effect that it is an important feature of the energy and forestry industries.

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