Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Ceisteanna (187)

Eugene Murphy


187. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the same compliance requirements in relation to CAP will apply to the new beef environmental economic pilot scheme in view of the fact it is an incentive for suckler farmers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3274/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP) will target the weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves - measuring the liveweight of the calf at weaning as a percentage of the cow's live weight.  One of the aims of the pilot scheme is to make it as simple as possible for farmers.

All applications for support and payment claims will be subject to administrative checks, cross-checks and any other controls deemed necessary, before payments are made.  Applicants will also be required to facilitate any administrative and on-the-spot checks on-farm which the Department deems necessary.  Cross compliance penalties will not be applied to payments under BEEP as it is an exchequer funded pilot.  State aid de-minimises rules will apply.  Further information will be available on the terms and conditions when the scheme is launched.