Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Questions (864)

Matt Carthy

Question:

864. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of poultry farms affected by avian flu to date in 2020; his plans to provide compensation to those farmers affected; the further supports his Department will provide those farmers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6011/20]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

To date this year, twelve poultry flocks have been affected by low pathogenic Avian Influenza. I am acutely aware of the difficulties currently being faced by the affected poultry producers in this instance.  I wish to assure you that my Department has been and will continue to engage with representatives of the poultry sector, to seek to ensure that the recent outbreak of low-pathogenic avian influenza is dealt with in a timely and effective manner.

With regard the development of a support scheme for impacted poultry producers, there is no legal basis for a mandatory compensation scheme under EU legislation in respect of the particular subtype of the disease identified in this case. However, my Department is exploring the potential  to partially offset the costs of depopulation and rendering for those poultry farmers affected during the recent outbreak. Any such aid would be subject to the normal State Aid rules.