Afforestation Programme

Ceisteanna (508)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

508. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a series of matters in regard to forestry will be examined (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12309/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Ireland’s Forestry Programme 2014-2020 was approved by the Government and secured State aid approval from the European Commission in 2015. The scheme provides financial support of up to 100% of the cost of establishment as well as an annual premium each year up to 15 years. 

My Department has sought to address falling planting rates through the introduction of higher rates and premiums, arising from the Mid-Term Review of the Forestry Programme, for new forestry planting – with grants increased, for example, by 2% to 7% depending on the species category and the premiums for certain categories increased by 5%. Currently, under the most popular planting category, the premium rate is €520 per hectare for planting areas greater than 10 hectares. The grants and premiums available under the programme  represent a considerable investment by the National Exchequer in afforestation and the 15 year rule will remain in place for the current Programme, as per State Aid approval.

While the Forestry Programme does not cover the cost of reforestation, forest owners can realise their asset through clear-felling, when their forest matures. It should be noted that  since 1/1/2016 changes to taxation rules means that income from felling is no longer subject to the High Earners Income Tax restriction which limited the exemption to €80,000 per annum. Furthermore, under paragraph (591) of the European Union Guidelines for State aid in the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas 2014 to 2020, State aid is not allowed for reforestation grants where felled trees are replaced with equivalent ones.

As payment for reforestation is not provided for under the current Forestry Programme, no further premiums are paid once the 15 year period has elapsed.

Animal Slaughtering Data

Ceisteanna (509)

Michael Fitzmaurice

Ceist:

509. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of carcasses graded by a given machine between when it was discovered to be working out of synchronicity and the last time it was inspected by a Department official (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12368/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The number of inspections conducted by my Department in slaughterhouses far exceeds the legal requirement as set down in regulation and is consistent with inspection controls applied in other Member States.  The Divisional Annual control plan operated by Beef Carcase Classification section of my Department requires officers to conduct, where possible, a factory inspection every 2 weeks.

In 2017 for the 13 incidences where machines were found to be out of tolerance, the average interval between the inspection by my officials and a previous Department inspection when the machine was operating within tolerance, was 9 production days.  

In 2018, for the 7 incidences, this average interval between these 2 dates was 8 production days. The exact day within each period that the machines went out of tolerance is not possible to determine.  At each production day in the factories concerned, the average number of carcases classified was 342 in 2017 and 303 in 2018.  

Beef Exports

Ceisteanna (510)

Michael Fitzmaurice

Ceist:

510. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the provisions which have been made to facilitate the live export of beef animals in the event that high import tariffs are placed on Irish beef exports in the event of a no-deal Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12369/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Live exports are a critical part of the infrastructure of our livestock industry. They play a significant role in stimulating price competition and provide an alternative market outlet for farmers. My Department facilitates this trade, recognising its critical importance to the agri sector, while ensuring that live animal exports meet the highest welfare standards. I continue to prioritise efforts to gain access to new third country markets and, equally importantly, to deepen existing markets for live exports.

I visited Turkey last week to meet with my Turkish counterpart, Dr Bekir Pakdemirli, Minister for Agriculture and Forestry. We discussed existing and future opportunities for technical cooperation and trade in agri-food products between Ireland and Turkey. I impressed upon Minister Pakdemirli the importance of the Turkish market for Irish livestock and our desire to re-establish trade as soon as possible. I am pleased that the Minister indicated his intention to consider the re-opening of the market in the second half of 2019 and I assured him that there is significant interest from industry in this country in resuming that trade.

The stringent system of animal health and welfare controls operated by my Department on the sea journey to Turkey ensures that Irish cattle arrive in excellent condition, a point acknowledged by the Turkish delegation.

My Department is engaging closely with Egypt to reach agreement on health certificates for the export of fattening, slaughter and breeding cattle. The Chief Veterinary Officer has written to his Egyptian counterpart on 4th March in this regard.

In November 2018, the Department reached agreement with Libya on a new veterinary health certificate for the export of breeding cattle, and an amended veterinary certificate for the export of fattening and slaughter cattle. Having an agreed health cert for breeding cattle provides much more clarity for exporters, as previously exports of breeding cattle to Libya had to be agreed on a load-by-load basis. The age of cattle that can be exported to Libya increased from 24 to 30 months – this increases opportunities for exporters to export a wider range of cattle. Live exports to Libya more than doubled in 2018 over 2017 to 5,450 head. There was a recent shipment of 1,000 bulls to Libya.

In January I also extended an invitation to my Algerian counterpart to visit Ireland in early 2019. This follows earlier contact with Algeria, in an effort to reach agreement on revised and separate slaughter, fattening and breeding certificates.

Animal Slaughtering Data

Ceisteanna (511)

Michael Fitzmaurice

Ceist:

511. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of factory-fit beef animals from Ireland slaughtered in meat plants in Northern Ireland in 2017 and 2018, respectively, and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12370/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The number of beef animals that were exported to Northern Ireland for the years 2017 and 2018, were 16,687 and 17,740 respectively as recorded on the Department’s Animal Identification and Movement (AIM) database, while a total of 3,017 beef animals have been exported to Northern Ireland from the start of 2019 to 3rd March.

The AIM database does not record the intended purpose for export. This information is, however, recorded on the Veterinary Health Certificate which is issued when an animal is exported and is accessible through the TRACES system which is an intra EU traceability system. This data will be compiled and sent directly to the deputy's office.

Animal Slaughtering Standards

Ceisteanna (512)

Michael Fitzmaurice

Ceist:

512. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 239 of 6 March 2019, when a factory must revert to using an approved manual grader; if there is a protocol for a farmer to follow if unhappy with the grade awarded to an animal which he or she sent to slaughter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12413/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Unlike mechanical grading, it is open to a farmer to appeal a manual grading of the carcass. Manual classifiers are factory employees and are licensed to classify by my Department under the EU legislation.  Therefore a farmer looking to make such an appeal or to have the grade rechecked should contact the factory in question.

Animal Slaughtering Standards

Ceisteanna (513)

Michael Fitzmaurice

Ceist:

513. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if approved manual carcass graders are employed by his Department or the food business operator when they are called upon in a situation in which a mechanical grading machine is found to be working out of synchronicity; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12414/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1184 of 20 April 2017 governs the monitoring of carcase classification, carcase presentation and weighing.

If a mechanical classification machine is found to be working outside EU defined tolerances the factory is instructed to revert to manual grading immediately.  All manual classifiers are factory employees and are licensed to classify by my Department under the above regulation.  Where manual classification is applied, this is identified on the farmer's remittance documents. 

Departmental Schemes

Ceisteanna (514)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

514. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when the applications will open and the expected lending interest rate for the future growth loan scheme for long-term investment loans announced in budget 2018; and the percentage of the €300 million scheme that will be ring-fenced for sectors (details supplied) in tabular form. [12427/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The Future Growth Loan Scheme has been developed by my Department and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation in partnership with the Department of Finance, the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) and the European Investment Fund (EIF). It will be delivered through participating finance providers and make up to €300 million of investment loans available to eligible Irish businesses, including farmers and the agri-food & seafood sectors.

This is a long-awaited source of finance for young and new entrant farmers, especially the cohort who do not have high levels of security. It will also serve smaller-scale farmers, who often do not have the leverage to negotiate for more favourable terms with their banking institution.

The loans will be competitively priced at 4.5% or lower, will be for terms of 8-10 years and will support strategic long-term investment in a post-Brexit environment. There is a minimum loan amount of €100,000 for SMEs or €50,000 for primary agriculture. The maximum loan amount is €3,000,000 and loans of under €500,000 will be made on an unsecured basis.

There will be €50 million to €60 million available initially for farmers, within an overall agri-food package of €120 million. Should demand exceed these levels, this can be reviewed.

The Scheme features a two-stage application process whereby initial application is made through the SBCI website. Successful applicants are issued an eligibility reference number which can then be used in an application to one of the participating finance providers. Approval of loans is subject to the finance providers’ own credit policies and procedures. Further information including a FAQ document may be accessed on the DAFM website via the following link: https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/agri-foodindustry/agri-foodandtheeconomy/agri-foodbusiness/futuregrowthloanscheme/.

SBCI recently issued an open call inviting banks and other lenders to become lending partners and this closed on 11 February. SBCI advise that that a period of due diligence, which will include the EIF, is now under way. I have urged SBCI to operationalise the Scheme as soon as possible. The Scheme will run for three years from its launch date and further announcements in this regard will be made shortly.

Live Exports

Ceisteanna (515)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

515. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of cattle and calves exported by country in the 2010 to 2018 period; the figures for 2019 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12428/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Live exports are a critical part of the infrastructure of our livestock industry. They play a significant role in stimulating price competition and provide an alternative market outlet for farmers. My Department facilitates this trade, recognising its critical importance to the agri-sector, while ensuring that live animal exports meet the highest welfare standards. I continue to prioritise efforts to gain access to new third country markets and, equally importantly, to deepen existing markets for live exports.

My decision in 2017 to reduce the veterinary inspection fee payable on live exports of calves less than three months of age from €4.80 to €1.20 has brought greater equity to the inspection fee regime. Since then there has been continued growth in the export of calves, rising from 102,000 in 2017 to 159,000 in 2018. It should be noted that the reduction of live exports in Northern Ireland over the last decade is linked to the demands by the UK multiples under the beef labelling rules.

In 2018 live exports of cattle increased by over 30% to 246,000 head compared to 2017. The following are tables with figures for exports of cattle and calves from 2010 to 2019.

Live exports of cattle (including calves) 2010 to 2019

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Belgium

33,600

26,200

8,300

19,500

21,700

France

3,100

1,000

200

7,000

5,300

GB

8,600

7,600

11,500

11,300

18,100

Greece

1,300

1,700

2,500

1,600

1,300

Hungary

400

1,000

1,100

100

100

Italy

70,800

53,700

37,900

26,000

30,000

Libya

0

0

0

14,500

17,700

Morocco

2,700

2,100

2,300

1,400

800

Netherlands

61,900

34,500

15,000

31,500

38,200

Northern Ireland

95,100

59,400

62,600

54,600

54,400

Poland

0

0

0

0

0

Romania

0

100

200

400

200

Slovakia

0

0

0

0

0

Spain

60,700

25,100

15,400

36,800

44,300

Tunisia

0

200

1,300

2,900

3,700

Turkey

0

0

0

0

0

Total *

339,000

214,500

160,400

208,900

236,800

Table ctd.

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Belgium

600

400

5,500

13,500

900

France

8,600

5,900

2,800

9,100

0

GB

9,100

6,600

5,900

5,500

400

Greece

700

1,500

1,000

1,600

500

Hungary

100

400

100

200

100

Italy

24,900

18,600

19,400

24,100

3,100

Libya

400

2,200

1,800

5,500

0

Morocco

300

200

0

700

0

Netherlands

43,700

27,000

41,800

48,900

9,900

Northern Ireland

55,300

24,500

26,100

24,600

4,400

Poland

0

0

0

2,700

1,400

Romania

300

600

1,400

800

0

Slovakia

0

500

300

1,800

0

Spain

29,600

37,000

50,500

92,500

11,100

Tunisia

3,900

0

0

200

200

Turkey

0

19,300

30,600

12,900

0

Total *

178,000

145,200

188,300

246,200

32,000

Live exports of calves 2010 to 2019

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Belgium

33,300

26,200

8,300

19,200

20,100

France

3,000

900

100

6,700

5,000

Netherlands

61,700

34,400

14,900

31,400

34,200

Northern Ireland

12,000

1,400

800

700

2,000

Italy

11,700

5,200

1,200

1,400

2,000

Spain

36,300

20,000

13,000

31,200

38,200

Total *

159,000

88,100

38,300

90,700

101,600

Table ctd.

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Belgium

0

0

4,200

13,300

900

France

8,300

5,600

2,400

8,500

0

Netherlands

43,400

26,600

41,400

48,600

8,700

Northern Ireland

2,000

1,100

1,200

2,100

100

Italy

4,100

6,800

8,400

12,700

1,300

Spain

27,400

32,600

44,000

73,000

7,900

Total *

85,500

72,700

101,600

158,800

19,900

* Countries with smaller numbers of exports are not listed on tables but are included in totals.

Beef Exports

Ceisteanna (516)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

516. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the volume and value in 2018 of total beef exports by country; the percentage of total exports to each country in 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12429/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Irish beef exports increased from €2,405 million in 2017 to €2,439 million in 2018.  The following table provides beef exports from the start of January to the end of December 2018, in both value and volume terms according to the CSO trade statistics.

Country

€000

Tonnes

% Value

% Volume

Austria

4,668

1,503

<1%

<1%

Bahrain

91

13

<1%

<1%

Belgium

54,039

5,834

2.22%

1.09%

Benin

19

26

<1%

<1%

Bulgaria

671

112

<1%

<1%

Canada

2,179

585

<1%

<1%

China (incl Hong Kong)

65,028

20,726

2.67%

3.87%

Comoros

10

20

<1%

<1%

Congo

127

151

<1%

<1%

Costa Rica

25

25

<1%

<1%

Croatia

670

120

<1%

<1%

Cyprus

400

36

<1%

<1%

Czech Republic

15,517

2,863

<1%

<1%

Denmark

40,367

10,799

1.65%

2.02%

Estonia

320

70

<1%

<1%

Finland

2,117

343

<1%

<1%

France

233,146

50,174

9.56%

9.38%

Gabon

125

50

<1%

<1%

Georgia

90

67

<1%

<1%

Germany

140,588

17,786

5.76%

3.32%

Ghana

9,454

9,319

<1%

1.74%

Gibraltar

60

14

<1%

<1%

Greece

911

84

<1%

<1%

Guinea

84

126

<1%

<1%

Guinea Bissau

28

26

<1%

<1%

Honduras

38

25

<1%

<1%

Hungary

1,072

350

<1%

<1%

Iceland

17

3

<1%

<1%

Israel

896

155

<1%

<1%

Italy

184,505

26,667

7.56%

4.98%

Ivory Coast

3,586

4,834

<1%

<1%

Jamaica

39

25

<1%

<1%

Japan

3,626

842

<1%

<1%

Latvia

8

3

<1%

<1%

Lebanon

91

39

<1%

<1%

Liberia

225

300

<1%

<1%

Libya

435

179

<1%

<1%

Lithuania

450

126

<1%

<1%

Luxembourg

4,768

362

<1%

<1%

Malta

5,849

810

<1%

<1%

Morocco

54

15

<1%

<1%

Mozambique

382

557

<1%

<1%

Netherlands

200,530

40,169

8.22%

7.51%

Norway

526

112

<1%

<1%

Papua New Guinea

38

25

<1%

<1%

Philippines

31,692

17,674

1.30%

3.30%

Poland

10,100

3,628

<1%

<1%

Portugal

16,119

3,155

<1%

<1%

Romania

1,386

234

<1%

<1%

Saudi Arabia

58

26

<1%

<1%

Senegal

3,214

3,935

<1%

<1%

Sierra Leone

35

50

<1%

<1%

Singapore

1,024

312

<1%

<1%

Slovakia

2,922

534

<1%

<1%

Slovenia

167

13

<1%

<1%

South Africa

3,008

2,614

<1%

<1%

South Korea

619

188

<1%

<1%

Spain

56,709

10,389

2.32%

1.94%

Sweden

87,540

19,669

3.59%

3.68%

Switzerland

24,624

2,103

1.01%

<1%

Togo

36

52

<1%

<1%

Trinidad &   Tabago

552

141

<1%

<1%

UK (incl Northern Ireland)

1,206,163

269,631

49.45%

50.40%

Tunisia

377

328

<1%

<1%

United Arab   Emirates

622

24

<1%

<1%

United States

9,515

2,135

<1%

<1%

Vietnam

4,876

1,686

<1%

<1%

Grand Total

2,439,227

534,991

 

 

Food Exports

Ceisteanna (517)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

517. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the countries to which Ireland exports lamb; the volume and value in 2018 of total exports by country; the percentage of total exports to each country in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12430/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Sheepmeat exports increased by 1.5% in value in 2018 compared to 2017, to an estimated €314.8 million, or almost 60,000 tonnes. The following table provides sheepmeat exports from the start of January to the end of December 2018, in both value and volume terms according to the CSO trade statistics.

Country

€000

Tonnes

% Value

% Volume

Austria

1,340

195

<1%

<1%

Belgium

27,648

3,823

8.78%

6.39%

Bulgaria

425

32

<1%

<1%

Canada

5,709

1,262

1.81%

2.11%

China (incl Hong Kong)

3,192

1,252

1.01%

2.09%

Comoros

30

6

<1%

<1%

Congo

20

19

<1%

<1%

Croatia

32

2

<1%

<1%

Czech Republic

314

29

<1%

<1%

Denmark

11,096

1,470

3.53%

2.46%

Estonia

56

14

<1%

<1%

Finland

590

110

<1%

<1%

France

102,014

18,878

32.41%

31.53%

Gabon

58

25

<1%

<1%

Germany

39,569

6,315

12.57%

10.55%

Ghana

397

399

<1%

<1%

Greece

12

2

<1%

<1%

Hungary

68

17

<1%

<1%

Italy

11,300

1,993

3.59%

3.33%

Ivory Coast

682

919

<1%

1.54%

Latvia

64

5

<1%

<1%

Luxembourg

499

62

<1%

<1%

Malta

299

28

<1%

<1%

Mozambique

35

51

<1%

<1%

Netherlands

7,182

1,533

2.28%

2.56%

Philippines

129

124

<1%

<1%

Poland

898

241

<1%

<1%

Portugal

440

50

<1%

<1%

Romania

28

2

<1%

<1%

Singapore

39

26

<1%

<1%

Slovakia

163

22

<1%

<1%

South Africa

574

708

<1%

1.18%

Spain

862

121

<1%

<1%

Sweden

23,465

4,558

7.46%

7.61%

Switzerland

18,292

1,258

5.81%

2.10%

UK (incl Northern Ireland)

56,650

14,199

18.00%

23.72%

United Arab Emirates

340

18

<1%

<1%

Vietnam

247

102

<1%

<1%

Grand Total

314,758

59,870

Pork Exports

Ceisteanna (518)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

518. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the breakdown by country in volume and value in 2018 of pork exports; the percentage of total exports to each country in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12431/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Last year the total value of pigmeat exports, taking account of all pigmeat including prepared and preserved, was more than €832 million, an increase from €793 million in 2017. Additionally, in volume terms, exports rose by almost 10 million tonnes growing from 277 million tonnes in 2017 to 286 million tonnes in 2018.

The following table, based on CSO data, shows the total pigmeat exports and exports to some of Ireland's key markets in 2018.

Country

€000

Tonnes

% value

Angola

13

25

<1%

Australia

18,025

6,670

2.17%

Austria

759

277

1%

Azerbaijan

31

25

<1%

Bahrain

5

1

<1%

Belgium

2,835

2,427

<1%

Bermuda

106

35

<1%

Bulgaria

474

289

<1%

Canada

5,120

1,538

<1%

Central African Republic

10

25

<1%

Chile

81

52

<1%

China (incl. Hong Kong)

79,164

59,438

9.52%

Congo

131

147

<1%

Croatia

16

3

<1%

Czech Republic

14,184

5,583

1.70%

Denmark

51,472

20,238

6.19%

Equatorial Guinea

13

25

<1%

Estonia

1,572

651

<1%

Finland

1,372

252

<1%

France

19,668

3,187

2.36%

Germany

31,638

16,155

3.80%

Ghana

462

712

<1%

Gibraltar

14

5

<1%

Greece

103

30

<1%

Guam

355

143

<1%

Haiti

33

75

<1%

Hungary

1,403

955

<1%

Iceland

24

5

<1%

Italy

3,545

744

<1%

Ivory Coast

292

606

<1%

Jamaica

385

174

<1%

Japan

41,364

14,805

4.97%

Latvia

74

59

<1%

Lebanon

83

14

<1%

Liberia

22

49

<1%

Lithuania

723

298

1%

Luxembourg

8

2

<1%

Malaysia

18

25

<1%

Malta

156

36

<1%

Netherlands

9,308

2,375

1.12%

New Zealand

1,718

734

<1%

Philippines

7,878

8,248

1%

Poland

3,378

1,374

<1%

Portugal

2,446

202

<1%

Romania

21

3

<1%

Saudi Arabia

25

25

<1%

Singapore

439

445

<1%

Slovakia

53

12

<1%

Slovenia

17

3

<1%

South Africa

1,347

895

<1%

South Korea

13,765

6,193

1.65%

Spain

14,226

1,617

1.71%

Sweden

7,154

6,436

<1%

Switzerland

680

58

<1%

Trinidad & Tobago

2,392

960

<1%

United Kingdom

471,533

115,041

56.67%

United Arab Emirates

1,370

342

<1%

United States

18,267

5,145

2.20%

Vietnam

313

211

<1%

Grand Total

832,083

286,099

Food Exports

Ceisteanna (519)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

519. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the breakdown by country in volume and value in 2018 of dairy ingredient exports; the percentage of total exports to each country in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12432/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

In 2018, Ireland exported dairy products to over 130 countries totalling over €4.5 billion worth of produce, an increase of over 5% by volume compared to 2017 and another year of strong performance by the Irish dairy sector.

The following table, based on CSO data, outlines details in respect of values and tonnage by country for dairy exports, and the share of total dairy exports to that country with respect to trade in 2018.

Exports of dairy ingredients from Ireland in 2018

Country

€000

Tonnes

% of Total Volume

OVERALL TOTAL

4,564,152

1,432,956

Afghanistan

6,505

3,627

<1%

Algeria

49,889

17,301

1%

Angola

6,223

3,346

<1%

Argentina

2,722

1,080

<1%

Australia

5,088

860

<1%

Austria

12,711

3,588

<1%

Azerbaijan

77

9

<1%

Bahamas

2,154

301

<1%

Bahrain

5,501

1,086

<1%

Bangladesh

9,408

5,648

<1%

Barbados

255

37

<1%

Belarus

422

84

<1%

Belgium

150,938

32,090

2%

Benin

792

519

<1%

Bermuda

289

41

<1%

Brazil

5,214

1,861

<1%

British Virgin Islands

407

239

<1%

Bulgaria

833

230

<1%

Burkina Faso

7,333

4,068

<1%

Burma

1,354

701

<1%

Cameroon

366

160

<1%

Canada

8,921

1,150

<1%

Cape Verde

647

200

<1%

Cayman Islands

327

48

<1%

Ceuta

80

52

<1%

Chad

1,214

806

<1%

Chile

5,095

697

<1%

China (incl Hong Kong)

541,372

95,681

7%

Colombia

10,007

1,342

<1%

Congo

5,911

3,271

<1%

Congo (Dem Rep)

16,306

9,588

1%

Costa Rica

3,851

1,291

<1%

Croatia

1,451

374

<1%

Cyprus

3,151

316

<1%

Czech Republic

6,427

1,298

<1%

Denmark

14,306

5,921

<1%

Dominica

482

415

<1%

Dominican Republic

4,889

1,181

<1%

Ecuador

1,649

208

<1%

Egypt

23,453

8,486

1%

El Salvador

3,999

1,116

<1%

Ethiopia

649

72

<1%

Finland

393

89

<1%

France

204,458

55,975

4%

Gabon

1,088

657

<1%

Gambia

2,748

1,543

<1%

Georgia

191

44

<1%

Germany

357,690

105,664

7%

Ghana

15,742

10,222

1%

Gibraltar

130

18

<1%

Greece

15,332

3,121

<1%

Guatemala

8,482

1,945

<1%

Guinea

4,066

2,266

<1%

Guyana

1,005

270

<1%

Honduras

1,228

319

<1%

Hungary

1,836

372

<1%

India

135

189

<1%

Indonesia

14,035

7,413

1%

Iran

487

100

<1%

Iraq

51,805

23,818

2%

Israel

22,374

2,879

<1%

Italy

32,979

10,655

1%

Ivory Coast

10,167

6,214

<1%

Jamaica

1,175

504

<1%

Japan

40,728

12,169

1%

Jordan

19,375

5,008

<1%

Kenya

923

463

<1%

Kuwait

15,489

1,984

<1%

Latvia

2,305

549

<1%

Lebanon

8,730

2,779

<1%

Liberia

973

557

<1%

Libya

14,127

3,458

<1%

Lithuania

168

28

<1%

Madagascar

544

191

<1%

Malawi

4,629

1,969

<1%

Malaysia

52,548

28,019

2%

Maldives

35

47

<1%

Mali

29,094

18,793

1%

Malta

4,595

1,564

<1%

Marshall Islands

31

3

<1%

Mauritania

2,903

1,729

<1%

Mauritius

2,130

777

<1%

Mexico

43,222

11,067

1%

Morocco

18,804

4,871

<1%

Mozambique

44

28

<1%

Nepal

30

47

<1%

Netherlands

610,758

192,069

13%

New Zealand

9,256

5,631

<1%

Nicaragua

63

5

<1%

Niger

4,250

2,554

<1%

Nigeria

77,329

43,531

3%

Norway

1,409

274

<1%

Occupied Palestine

6,805

681

<1%

Oman

10,065

1,538

<1%

Other (Non-EU)

144

15

<1%

Pakistan

10,902

6,294

<1%

Panama

4,111

345

<1%

Peru

11,704

2,164

<1%

Philippines

17,871

8,749

1%

Poland

80,434

28,383

2%

Portugal

4,340

1,203

<1%

Qatar

4,994

648

<1%

Romania

3,456

795

<1%

Russia

24,986

7,759

1%

Sao Tome & Principe

46

27

<1%

Saudi Arabia

101,405

16,145

1%

Senegal

43,365

24,564

2%

Seychelles

800

133

<1%

Sierra Leone

461

266

<1%

Singapore

17,671

7,696

1%

Slovakia

418

110

<1%

Slovenia

1,010

261

<1%

Somalia

647

85

<1%

South Africa

23,478

9,643

1%

South Korea

4,031

1,378

<1%

Spain

62,945

16,031

1%

Sri Lanka

91

14

<1%

St Vincent & Grenadines

238

101

<1%

Sudan

1,219

625

<1%

Surinam

1,631

521

<1%

Swaziland

76

9

<1%

Sweden

6,376

1,434

<1%

Switzerland

5,644

1,588

<1%

Syria

2,429

2,708

<1%

Taiwan

19,262

2,248

<1%

Tanzania United Rep

1,441

855

<1%

Thailand

23,185

9,067

1%

Togo

10,672

6,415

<1%

Trinidad and Tabago

8,427

2,499

<1%

Tunisia

6,866

2,483

<1%

Turkey

32,758

6,489

<1%

United Arab Emirates

40,478

14,635

1%

United Kingdom

1,021,759

407,540

28%

United States

293,398

48,232

3%

Vietnam

10,915

2,482

<1%

Yemen

3,253

1,491

<1%

Zambia

1,728

842

<1%

Zimbabwe

1,511

935

<1%

Food Exports

Ceisteanna (520)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

520. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the breakdown by country in volume and value in 2018 of cheddar exports; the percentage of total exports to each country in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12433/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

In 2018, Ireland exported dairy products, including cheese to more than 130 countries totalling over €4.5 billion worth of produce. Total cheddar cheese exports for 2018 was in excess of €560 million.

The following table, based on CSO data, outlines details in respect of values and tonnage by country for cheddar exports, and the share of total cheddar exports to that country with respect to trade in 2018.

Exports of cheddar cheese from Ireland in 2018

Country

€000

Tonnes

% of Total Volume

OVERALL TOTAL

560,598

171,189

Algeria

32,057

9,776

6%

Australia

52

4

<1%

Austria

1,347

524

<1%

Bahamas

126

22

<1%

Bahrain

1,703

374

<1%

Belgium

16,096

4,708

3%

Bermuda

25

5

<1%

Canada

429

63

<1%

Cayman Islands

76

12

<1%

Chile

31

4

<1%

China (incl Hong Kong)

1,208

270

<1%

Cyprus

1,533

101

<1%

Czech Republic

384

112

<1%

Denmark

2,800

996

1%

Egypt

11,760

3,592

2%

Finland

4

<1

<1%

France

10,744

3,039

2%

Germany

38,624

11,613

7%

Gibraltar

5

1

<1%

Greece

558

109

<1%

Guatemala

365

105

<1%

Guyana

809

200

<1%

Hungary

194

35

<1%

Iraq

89

24

<1%

Italy

2,295

680

<1%

Ivory Coast

72

20

<1%

Jamaica

65

9

<1%

Japan

37,201

11,435

7%

Jordan

1,831

494

<1%

Kenya

47

10

<1%

Kuwait

785

212

<1%

Lebanon

896

226

<1%

Libya

11,936

3,136

2%

Lithuania

147

24

<1%

Malaysia

110

15

<1%

Malta

2,769

842

<1%

Mauritius

287

33

<1%

Morocco

5,778

1,805

1%

Netherlands

48,959

15,696

9%

Nigeria

30

9

<1%

Norway

737

156

<1%

Oman

38

10

<1%

Poland

574

167

<1%

Portugal

175

28

<1%

Qatar

362

66

<1%

Romania

168

48

<1%

Saudi Arabia

15,120

4,667

3%

Senegal

347

94

<1%

Seychelles

342

52

<1%

Singapore

519

151

<1%

Slovenia

10

1

<1%

South Africa

700

182

<1%

South Korea

69

20

<1%

Spain

16,088

4,341

3%

Sri Lanka

17

4

<1%

Sweden

70

6

<1%

Switzerland

456

122

<1%

Trinidad & Tabago

309

67

<1%

Tunisia

3,488

1,105

1%

Turkey

2,922

840

<1%

United Arab Emirates

5,202

1,267

1%

United Kingdom

266,445

85,280

50%

United States

12,213

2,180

1%

Waste Management

Ceisteanna (521)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

521. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his Department had studied the work of an organisation (details supplied) by which the Scottish Government tries to accelerate the development of a circular economy; if the targets aimed for by the organisation could be a model for a similar approach here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11673/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

A review of "A Resource Opportunity - Waste Management Policy in Ireland" will commence this year. This review process will take account of a number of initiatives, such as the European Circular Economy waste and plastics legislation framework and the reports from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and the Price Monitoring Group. This process will inform the development of future national waste management policy, including our environmental goals, regulatory and market structures, and policy instruments and tools.

In that context, officials from my Department are currently reviewing Circular Economy Action Plans published throughout the EU in preparation for development of our own Circular Economy Action Plan. This includes the work of the Scottish government. The Department has also funded a report by the National Economic and Social Council on 'Moving towards the Circular Economy in Ireland'.

While we can learn from existing plans in operation in other jurisdictions, it is accepted that any new policy design will need to take into consideration the context of Ireland's economy and will need to be aligned with our wider policy goals.

National Broadband Plan Implementation

Ceisteanna (522)

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

522. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for connection under the roll-out of the national broadband plan for an area (details supplied); if this property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11463/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I welcome recent announcements of further commercial investment in high speed broadband infrastructure by telecommunications operators. While my Department has received high level presentations from the operators with regard to their recent announcements, the operators have not published, or provided my Department with, detailed commercial or technical plans identifying the individual premises to be served.

The premises referenced by the Deputy is in the BLUE area on the National Broadband Plan (NBP) High Speed Broadband Map, which is available on my Department's website at www.broadband.gov.ie. The BLUE areas are where commercial providers are either currently delivering, or have plans to deliver, high speed broadband services.

Where a citizen living in a Blue area is unable to obtain a high speed broadband service, I would encourage them to email my Department at broadband@dccae.gov.ie with their Eircode and details of the service providers they have contacted and the issues encountered in respect of accessing high speed broadband.

National Broadband Plan Implementation

Ceisteanna (523, 525, 526, 527, 528, 529, 530, 531, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536, 537)

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

523. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for connection of a property (details supplied) under the roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11472/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

525. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if this property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11485/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

526. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if this property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11486/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

527. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if this property was part of the additional 80, 000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11487/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

528. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for the connection of a property (details supplied) to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11506/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

529. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11519/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

530. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11520/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

531. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11522/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

532. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11523/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

533. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for the roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11529/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

534. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11530/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

535. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11531/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

536. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11532/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

537. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11533/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 523 and 525 to 537, inclusive, together.

I welcome recent announcements of further commercial investment in high speed broadband infrastructure by telecommunications operators. While my Department has received high level presentations from the operators with regard to their recent announcements, the operators have not published, or provided my Department with, detailed commercial or technical plans identifying the individual premises to be served.

The premises referenced by the Deputy are in the AMBER area on the National Broadband Plan (NBP) High Speed Broadband Map, which is available on my Department's website at www.broadband.gov.ie. The AMBER areas represent the target areas for the proposed State led Intervention under the NBP. This intervention is the subject of an ongoing procurement process.

The procurement process to appoint a bidder for the State intervention network is now at the final stage. I will bring a recommendation to Government in relation to the NBP in the coming weeks.

Climate Change Policy

Questions Nos. 525 to 537, inclusive, answered with Question No. 523.

Ceisteanna (524)

Catherine Martin

Ceist:

524. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment further to Parliamentary Question No. 539 of 16 October 2018, the terms of reference for the report on just transition due in early 2019 as mentioned by an official at the Joint Committee on Climate Action meeting on 17 September 2018; and the date for the likely completion of the report. [11473/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I am currently preparing an All of Government Climate Plan which will set out the actions which must be taken to make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change. I am working with colleagues across Government to develop new initiatives in electricity, transport and heat, as well as a range of other sectors. The All of Government Plan will build on the previous actions and framework put in place by both the National Mitigation Plan and the National Development Plan.

It is proposed that the new plan will include a series of actions aimed at further developing our analytical understanding of the socio-economic and distributional impacts of the low-carbon transition, ensuring that we design policies and measures to address both the challenges and the opportunities arising, and putting in place appropriate frameworks to support regions that are expected to be particularly impacted by the transition. This includes work to analyse the economic and employment implications of the transition to be completed by the end of 2019, in line with the timeframe committed to in the National Mitigation Plan.

The publication of the Government's Future Jobs Ireland on 10 March also reflects the importance of a just transition for Ireland and sets out a series of complementary actions, including commissioning the National Economic and Social Council to develop policy recommendations for consideration by Government for the operation of Transition Teams to manage the impact of economic transition on vulnerable workers and sectors. These may comprise: developmental supports for enterprises and sectors faced with challenges arising from the move to a low carbon economy; sustainable business models and new technologies; career advice and training guidance to managers and workers in sectors and job roles affected by future changes; accessible training to upskill and retrain such workers including through Skills to Advance as well as tailored development plans for them; and potential EU financial assistance opportunities for such a programme.

Questions Nos. 525 to 537, inclusive, answered with Question No. 523.