Written answers

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Climate Change Policy

Photo of Holly CairnsHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats)
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245. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the request in a document by an organisation and organisations (details supplied) in relation to developing, fund and implement a Just Transition action plan for the agricultural sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23337/21]

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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The Department makes direct payments to Irish farmers of almost €1.9 billion annually, under the CAP as well as a range of targetted national schemes. In addition, the Department funds research, advisory and training supports which directly benefit Irish farmers, and, along with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, co-funds a number of preferential loan schemes to the benefit of primary producers. Farmers also benefit significantly from a range of agri-taxation measures, which are particularly focused to support land mobility and generational renewal.

The Department is, at present, facilitating the development of a ten year vision for agriculture, and preparing a CAP Strategic Plan that will provide a basis for supporting farmers in their environmental efforts in the coming years.


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