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Agriculture Schemes

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 13 July 2022

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Questions (583)

Christopher O'Sullivan


583. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the condition attached to the pig exceptional payment scheme, requiring breeding herds to be reduced by 10% will be reviewed given that it excludes producers who buy in pigs at a certain weight rather than owning breeding herds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38577/22]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

On 13th June, I announced the opening of applications for the Pig Exceptional Payment Scheme 2 (PEPS2), funded from EU exceptional adjustment aid to producers in agricultural sectors which have been impacted by Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine

A total fund of €13 million is being made available for this voluntary scheme for pig farmers, to support the viability of this important sector. The scheme closed for applications on Monday 11th July.

A key condition of the scheme is to reduce breeding pig numbers by 10% as compared to the National Pig Census 2021 return and maintain that reduction for four subsequent and consecutive months. The objective of the reduction measure is to incentivise pig farmers to reduce their number of breeding sows in order to reduce their overall feed costs, and to contribute to food security by aiming to protect the viability of pig farmers. It also supports farmers who participate in animal health and husbandry measures which are seen as key drivers in productivity and feed efficiency.

I am satisfied that this condition is therefore a necessary requirement of this voluntary scheme.