Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Questions (2026)

Michael Creed

Question:

2026. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive their 2020 BDGP and BEAM grants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15611/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) provides for six years of payments to participating farmers for completion of actions which deliver accelerated genetic improvement in the Irish national herd and improvement of its environmental sustainability.

To be eligible for payment, participants must follow the measures set out in the programme, one of which is Genotyping. The number of animals to be genotyped each year will be "at least equivalent to 60% of the number of calved suckler cows (reference animals) on the holding in 2014 or 2015 in the case of New Entrants/Force Majeure (rounded to the nearest animal)"

The person named failed to meet the minimum genotyping requirement of 60%, which resulted in no BDGP payment for 2020.

In relation to the application for the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) from the person named, an issue with the status of this herdnumber arose on th Department's Client Customer System. That issue has now been rectified and payment will issue in the coming weeks.