Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Ceisteanna (473)

Carol Nolan


473. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the knowledge transfer scheme that assists farmers in increasing efficiency and profitability will be rolled over until the CAP is agreed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51384/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The Knowledge Transfer (KT) Programme is set out in the Rural Development Programme (RDP), 2014-20200 as a three year programme, and has recently completed its third year. The EU Commission has recently presented proposals for the transitional rules for the period between this Common Agricultural Policy and its successor. These proposals include, inter alia, the option to extend the current RDP in certain circumstances.

However, agreement on this regulation is not expected until Summer 2020 and is subject to agreement on the EU budget. The discussions on this proposal are complex and are due to continue over the coming months. The arrangements for specific schemes will be clarified when there is further clarity on the proposed regulation.

However, I am favourably disposed to the knowledge transfer scheme, and will consider the inclusion of such a measure in any transitional arrangements, subject to legislative and budgetary considerations.