Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Questions (248)

Matt Carthy

Question:

248. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of applications to the financial assistance scheme for avian influenza outbreaks of the H6N1 subtype in poultry flocks in 2016; the number of applications accepted and rejected; the amount paid per applicant per county in tabular form; if there have been delays associated with the scheme and payments to applicants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35514/20]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I undertand that the question relates to the H6N1 outbreak in poultry in 2020. While no legal basis exists for a mandatory compensation scheme under EU legislation in respect of the particular subtype H6N1 of the disease identified, a once-off financial support scheme was established.

The deadline for receipt of applications was 31st July 2020. Any affected flock owners were eligible to apply and, subject to meeting the criteria as laid down in the terms and conditions for this once-off scheme, will receive ex-gratia payments at a maximum rate of €10,000 per flock owner.

13 applications for the scheme were received and all are situated in Co. Monaghan. As a new scheme, this entailed transfer of funding and a payment system to be established before payments could issue. All received applications are currently being processed and the payments of €10,000 per flock owner will issue imminently.