Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Questions (481)

Paul Kehoe

Question:

481. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of an appeal by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43491/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Under the terms and conditions of the TB Compensation scheme, On Farm Market Valuation (OFMV) is the main process used to value reactor animals.  Full details of the process involved are provided to all herdowners experiencing a TB breakdown. Once an animal has been deemed a reactor for TB, the herdowner chooses an independent valuer to value the animal.

The person named had two separate valuations carried out on 26th April 2019 and 31st May 2019. On both occasions as per scheme guidelines, independent valuers from a national panel were selected by person named.  The valuations were conducted within the guidelines of the scheme, using the most current summary market prices along with the valuers own expertise to determine a value for each animal. The person named was given details of each valuation and accepted both valuations within the timeframes required. The person named did not appeal either valuation which is an option available to all herdowners, the process for which is also detailed in the guidelines booklet.  As a result, the valuation process has concluded and compensation for affected animals has now been completed.

I can confirm that non-valuation aspects of this matter are currently being reviewed by my Department. It is expected that this matter will be concluded in the near future and my Department will be in direct contact with the person named once a decision has been reached to inform them of the outcome of their case.