Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (1032)

Cathal Crowe

Question:

1032. Deputy Cathal Crowe asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if provisions are being made to issue emergency funding to farmers in 2021 who have been hit by flooding issues. [7281/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department continues to monitor the situation in relation to the flooding of farmland in general and specifically farmyards where it arises. While some parts of the country have experienced above average levels of rainfall in January 2021, data for Shannon Airport indicates that rainfall was 103% of normal average rainfall levels for the month. Some localised flooding may occur but, so far, in 2021 there are no significant national flood events reported. As such, there are currently no plans for emergency funding.

It should be noted that my Department issued payments of almost €1.73 billion directly to farmers under a range of schemes in 2020.