Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Ceisteanna (441)

Billy Timmins

Ceist:

441. Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding funding for storm damage in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11934/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

There are no plans to introduce a specific compensation scheme for those farmers who suffered damage to their buildings or equipment as a result of the recent storms. In certain cases, however, such farmers may be able to apply for grant-aid under the on-farm investment schemes which will be introduced by my Department following the receipt of EU Commission approval for the 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme. It is not possible to introduce a compensation scheme for all unforeseen events and I would urge farmers to familiarise themselves with insurance to cover all risk management issues such as injury, theft, weather related disasters and animal diseases.