Thursday, 19 September 2019

Ceisteanna (170, 176)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

170. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of animals processed through the fallen animal scheme which was in place from 2001 to 2009; the cost in this regard; the cost of the 48 month plus subsidy scheme; the number of animals processed since its inception; when he plans to recommence talks with the knackeries across the country; if his attention has been drawn to the impact this is having on farms due to the warm weather; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38020/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

176. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of animals processed under the fallen animal scheme in each of the years 2001 to 2009; the cost of the scheme; the number of animals processed through the current TSE subsidy scheme since its inception; the cost involved; if his attention has been drawn to the environmental implications of the non-collection of fallen animals during the current warm weather; his plans for engagement with an association (details supplied) to resolve the impasse; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38132/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 170 and 176 together.

The objective of the Fallen Animal Subsidy Scheme is to facilitate the collection and TSE testing of over 48 month fallen bovine animals and ovines where required by EU Regulations.

The scheme was introduced on the 16th April 2009, and to date over 624,000 bovines have been processed through the scheme at a cost of €73.6m. Under the earlier Fallen Animal Scheme (2001 to April 2009), payment was made based on tonnage of animal collected rather than on an individual animal basis. Expenditure under this scheme amounted to €166m.

The potential environmental impact of non-collection of fallen stock is of great importance to my Department and, to that end, discussions have taken place between the Animal Collectors Association and my Department officials on the animal collection service.

Following those intensive discussions, agreement has been reached that enables the collection of fallen animals to resume from 17th September. My Department has also issued correspondence to ACA confirming the agreement reached at the meeting.

Further discussions between my Department and the ACA are planned to progress issues relating to supports for the animal collection service.