Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Tuberculosis Eradication Programme
456. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if consideration will be given to investing the additional resources necessary for the programme to attempt to eradicate tuberculosis by 2030, both in terms of the additional measures identified as necessary to achieve eradication and to reduce the costs and losses experienced by farmers who have tuberculosis breakdowns, by improving the compensation schemes available. [53656/18]
As you are aware the Government, in May of this year, mandated the establishment of a TB Forum to bring forward proposals to me to eradicate TB by 2030. The Forum constitutes representatives from the various stakeholder groups.
I have informed the Forum that I will consider all evidence based policy proposals from the group that relate to the overall objective of eradication of TB by 2030. Any such proposals must respect the principles outlined in the National Farmed Animal Health Strategy, which includes reflecting costs and benefits.