Written answers

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Beef Data and Genomics Programme

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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153. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 387 of 29 November 2017, the first and full year costs of the proposals in tabular form. [17137/19]

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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The Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) will provide suckler beef farmers with some €300 million of funding over the lifetime of the current Rural Development Programme.  BDGP provides for payments to farmers for completion of actions which deliver accelerated genetic improvement in the national herd and improvement of its environmental sustainability. Currently 24,544 herds are included between BDGP I and II.

Payments to farmers under the BDGP are calculated on the basis of costs incurred or income foregone.  Any increase to payment rates would therefore require farmers to undertake additional actions to justify any such increase.  The scheme has been through a complex and difficult process of approval at EU level and it would not be possible to change payment rates for current participants in the manner suggested.

The information the Deputy requested is provided in the attached table. 

BDGP Costs

ProposalCost of proposalRemainder Cost @ 80TotalCurrent BDGP  CostDifference
1st 10 @1505317994022736240759161804511275030803430
1st 15 @1505840138016768880751702604511275030057510
1st 20 @1506229107012323520746145904511275029501840
1st 25 @150651073809104880742122604511275029099510
1st 30@150671500506770400739204504511275028807700
1st 10 @1755825389022736240809901304511275035877380
1st 15 @1756534013016768880821090104511275036996260
1st 20 @1757061899512323520829425154511275037829765
1st 25 @175744411309104880835460104511275038433260
1st 30@175772133256770400839837254511275038870975
1st 10 @2006332784022736240860640804511275040951330
1st 15 @2007227888016768880890477604511275043935010
1st 20 @2007894692012323520912704404511275046157690
1st 25 @200837748809104880928797604511275047767010
1st 30@200872766006770400940470004511275048934250

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