Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1428)

Niall Collins

Question:

1428. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the dates can be altered to allow an entry to the beef exceptional aid measure scheme in relation to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36271/19]

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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:

https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/media/migration/farmingschemesandpayments/beefexceptionalaidmeasure/BEAMTANDC150819.pdf.

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.

I recently extended the closing date for BEAM applications to 15th 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 extended closing date.