Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Ceisteanna (189)

Eugene Murphy

Ceist:

189. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of participants in the young farmers scheme for 2017 and 2018, per county in tabular form; if there are proposed changes planned to streamline the terms and conditions of this scheme for 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3276/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The number of participants in the Young Farmers Scheme per county for 2017 and 2018 is set out in the following table:

County

2017 Young Farmers Scheme participants

2018 Young Farmers Scheme participants

Carlow

134

110

Cavan

369

356

Clare

374

361

Cork

1,030

1,016

Donegal

378

332

Dublin

38

41

Galway

773

785

Kerry

493

467

Kildare

134

129

Kilkenny

311

290

Laois

274

271

Leitrim

242

219

Limerick

360

340

Longford

151

150

Louth

92

86

Mayo

704

710

Meath

251

248

Monaghan

223

206

Offaly

250

251

Roscommon

359

338

Sligo

214

201

Tipperary

494

465

Waterford

236

221

Westmeath

184

178

Wexford

358

334

Wicklow

158

140

Some 95% of applications under the 2018 Young Farmers Scheme are finalised.  The applications that remain outstanding are cases where the Department is working with individual applicants where outstanding information is required to finally process the application or where the required administrative and on-farm checks are required to be completed to determine eligibility for participation in the scheme in 2018.

The full Terms and Conditions of the 2019 Young Farmers Scheme will be made available when the scheme launches for online applications in early February.  It is expected that the terms and conditions will be consistent with those that applied in 2017 and 2018.