Thursday, 6 December 2018

Ceisteanna (32)

Martin Kenny


32. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will consider developing an application that could be linked to and would be accessible on smartphones in order that farmers can record births and animal movements more easily; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51164/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

My Department is at an advanced stage of development to provide a calf birth registration application that will be accessible on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets for farmers who are already registered for services. In the initial phase farmers will be able to register calf birth details directly with the Department’s Animal Identification and Movement (AIM) system using this app. This service will be more convenient and time efficient for farmers in registering calf birth details. It will help to minimise errors in calf birth details submitted and avoid duplication of records on the farm.

An enhancement to help farmers process farm to farm movements for bovine animals (cattle) more easily will be included in subsequent phase which will be available later in 2019. Further enhancements will be released on an on-going basis.