Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
930. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of measures being taken to assist farmers affected by the ongoing beef crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2869/20]
The Government has provided significant financial support to the beef sector over the past number of years through national funding and the rural development programme.
In Budget 2020, I have provided almost €85 million in targeted schemes to support sustainable beef farming. This includes almost €45 million for the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) and a further €40 million for targeted supports within the beef sector for suckler farmers and for farmers involved in dairy beef production.Consultations with stakeholders on the use of the €40 million in additional funding have taken place and details of how these supports will be targeted will be made available as soon as possible.
Last year, I established the Beef Taskforce to provide the leadership to develop a sustainable pathway for the future of the beef sector in terms of economic, environmental and social sustainability. The Taskforce will provide a robust implementation structure for commitments entered into in the Beef Talks Agreement of 15th September 2019, with timelines and stakeholder engagement. The Beef Taskforce offers a suitable platform for strategic engagement with all the key stakeholders, including retailers and regulatory authorities.
There is a specific page on my Department's website dedicated to the Beef Taskforce at . This webpage contains the agreement reached on 15 September, the Terms of Reference for the Taskforce and updates on actions arising out of the agreement to date.