Thursday, 26 September 2019
Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters
Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme
I do not wish to be prescriptive or to tie the hands of whoever might ultimately decide these matters but there will be a consultation process. There are other parties and authorities who have a role in respect of cattle underpasses. Apart from the farmers there are the local authorities where it might be regarded as a public safety issue for road users. We are aware of this but there has been very substantial support available under TAMS for the dairy sector. I am conscious of the competing interests such as the pig and poultry sector and that the next iteration of CAP will be on climate action measures. That will be the challenge in getting an adequate budget because there can be all the wish lists we may have and there is no shortage of requests, for example even the sport horse sector provides an opportunity for farmers to diversify because we are internationally recognised as a successful producer of sport horses. These issues will be considered when a new rural development is put together.