Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Ceisteanna (524)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

524. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of applications to the beef environmental efficiency pilot scheme by the closing deadline by county; the number of applications approved by county; the number not approved by county; the number of approved applications in which payments have issued by county; and the number of approved applicants that have not been paid by county in tabular form. [37716/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

In January of this year, I launched the Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP), with a funding provision of €20m in 2019.  BEEP targets the weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves, measuring the live weight of the calf pre-weaning as a percentage of the cow's live weight. BEEP had been announced in Budget 2019 as part of the €78m Brexit package for the agri-food industry. As well as clear environmental and climate benefits, BEEP will provide additional farm income at a time of market volatility and uncertainty relating to Brexit.

Some 19,131 farmers have registered their interest in participating in the Pilot and they will qualify for payment provided they comply with the requirements to weigh each cow and calf and provide the requisite data to ICBF in accordance with the Terms and Conditions. The €20 million funding available will allow for payment of up to a maximum of €40 per calf.  Payments are scheduled to commence towards the end of this year.

COUNTY

APPLICANTS

CARLOW

269

CAVAN

923

CLARE

1,483

CORK 

1,412

DONEGAL

912

DUBLIN

55

GALWAY

2,070

KERRY

965

KILDARE

217

KILKENNY

526

LAOIS

514

LEITRIM

645

LIMERICK

610

LONGFORD

574

LOUTH

182

MAYO

1,762

MEATH

454

MONAGHAN

648

OFFALY

477

ROSCOMMON

1,119

SLIGO

801

TIPPERARY

852

WATERFORD

292

WESTMEATH

591

WEXFORD

462

WICKLOW

316