Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Beef Industry

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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913. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on a proposal raised in correspondence by a person (details supplied) regarding the BEAM scheme. [6904/20]

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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The objective of the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) was to provide temporary exceptional adjustment aid to farmers in the beef sector in Ireland subject to the conditions set out in EU Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1132.  This aid was granted to provide temporary market adjustment support in response to a specific market disturbance as outlined in Ireland's notification to the EU Commission and the 5% reduction was part of the conditionality sought by the EU.  

Approved BEAM participants have given a commitment to reduce the production of bovine livestock manure nitrogen on the holding by 5% for the period 01 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 as compared with the period 01 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 as recorded on Department systems.  Given the timeframes involved, it is not intended to review this commitment at this time.

Participants who require advice on the management of this reduction can contact the Department or consult an agricultural advisor.

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