Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1132)

Jackie Cahill

Question:

1132. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a forestry proposal as set out in a report has been examined (details supplied); and the associated full-year cost of facilitating this proposal. [18480/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Carbon Navigator is an online system that supports farmers and their advisors in reducing the carbon intensity of dairy and beef farms. In recognition of the important role forestry plays in removing carbon from the atmosphere and reducing overall emissions at farm level, my Department has funded the development of a forestry element in the next version of the Carbon Navigator.

The inclusion of forestry in the next iteration of this tool will provide users with generalised figures in relation to forestry carbon abatement potential. This in turn will help deliver a strong message from a policy perspective on the positive environmental impact that forestry and trees on the farm can provide. The work to incorporate this is currently being undertaken by Teagasc with a view to its release in the next iteration of the navigator. This is being funded directly by my Department.