Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1410)

Michael Healy-Rae


1410. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to address matters with regard to the BEAM plan (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35671/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

All details relating to Beef Exceptional Aid Measure are set out in the Terms and conditions published on my Department's website:

The scheme, which has been agreed with the EU Commission, was designed to ensure that the aid is effectively used and targeted towards those most affected by the market disturbance in the sector. It is not possible to change the terms of the scheme at this point.

Eligibility under the scheme is determined at herd level. Registered farm partnerships with multiple herd numbers will be able to make an application for the scheme under each individual herd number.

I recently extended the closing date for BEAM applications to the 15th of September. There is a helpline in place to deal with individual farmers queries and my Department will be holding a number of online clinics in the run up to the new closing date.