Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ceisteanna (238)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

238. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to set out the number of herdowners who have outstanding genomic samples to submit under the beef data and genomics scheme. [5155/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

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

To date, 306,000 samples have been returned for the 2017 Programme year. Of the 24,800 active participants in the Programme, 1,017 applicants have not returned 6,955 genomic samples.

The submission of genomic samples is a fundamental aspect of the Programme. Payments continue to issue as applicants become compliant.