Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Beef Environmental Efficiency Scheme Data
356. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of applications to the 2019 beef data and genomics programme by county in tabular form; the number of applications approved and not approved, respectively; the number of applications not approved that were appealed; the number of 2019 advance and balancing payments to the programme that have issued to date; and the value by county. [53851/19]
The Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) forms part of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. It involves funding of €300 million over the six year programme and addresses widely acknowledged weaknesses in the maternal genetics of the Irish suckler herd, makes a positive contribution to farmer profitability and reduces the greenhouse gas intensity of Ireland’s beef production. A second programme, BDGP II, was launched in 2017 and will run until 2022.
There are currently 24,111 participants in the Beef Data and Genomics Programmes. Payments to 18,969 of these commenced on the week of the 2nd of December 2019. Payments will continue to issue on an on-going basis as more famers verify their compliance with the 2019 scheme requirements. The following table details the payments made to date under both programmes at a county level.
|County||BDGP I Herds||BDGP I Payments||BDGP II Herds||BDGP II Payments|