Thursday, 1 April 2021
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
386. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a person (details supplied) can have their situation considered as a force majeure case in this instance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17823/21]
Farmers who joined BEAM agreed to reduce the production of bovine livestock manure nitrogen on their holding by 5% for the period 1st July 2020 to 30th June 2021 as compared with the reference period of 1st July 2018 to 30th June 2019.
I am mindful that some BEAM participants may be locked up by TB during the course of the 12-month reduction period. In that context, my Department is currently writing to all BEAM participants who are locked up advising them, that their 5% reduction requirement will be reduced on a pro rata basis relative to the number of days they were locked up.
The person named has a 5% reduction requirement of 257kg of bovine Nitrates. The period of TB restriction commenced on 11th March 2021 so, for the 20 days of restriction to date, the 5% reduction requirement will reduce by 14.1kg and will continue to be reduced by 0.704kg for each day they continue to be restricted.
The figures available online on Agfood.ie will reflect these changes and the revised figures will be available in the monthly update letters sent to all participants.