Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2110, 2111)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

2110. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of dairy farmers participating and not participating, respectively, in the sustainable dairy assurance scheme by county, in tabular form; his plans to update the scheme in line with the new climate action plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34264/19]

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Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

2111. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of beef and sheep farmers participating and not participating, respectively, in the sustainable beef and lamb assurance schemes by county, in tabular form; and his plans under to update these assurance schemes in line with the new climate action plan. [34265/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 2110 and 2111 together.

The data on the Quality Assurance schemes have been requested from Bord Bia and will be forwarded to the Deputy when received by my Department.

In relation to the Climate Action Plan, my Department will promote and encourage all actions that will assist in reaching our GHG targets by 2030. Forty percent of the future CAP (2021-2027) budget will be directed at climate and environmental measures. However, this will not be enough in itself and market based incentives and regulation will also be necessary.

Ireland has an opportunity to become a global leader in actions on climate change. If we succeed in our ambition in this area, we will create a progressive and sustainable agricultural sector into the future.