236. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps his Department takes to monitor breaches in the codes of practice regarding the selling and supply of goods through published advertisements, online or printed, regarding the sale of dogs and-or puppies that have been bred illegally or are being sold to take part in illegal hunting activities. (Question 20593/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Irish Pet Advertising Advisory Group (IPAAG) Minimum Standards, for online classified advertising websites, was launched in 2015. IPAAG is an advisory group of Irish animal welfare organisations, representatives from the veterinary profession and online websites. I fully endorse these Minimum Standards and would strongly encourage websites that advertise animals for sale to comply with them.
The Dog Breeding Establishments...

237. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the level of funding provided to Bord Bia over the past five years for healthy foods initiatives; the EU funding programmes which are administered by Bord Bia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20681/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Health Promotion)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department funds a number of healthy eating and food promotion initiatives. 
The national Food Dudes healthy eating programme is an evidence-based incentivised, behaviour changing programme. Food Dudes is overseen by my Department and implemented by Bord Bia. My Department funds this programme annually through its Vote and the EU funding is made available through my Department via the EU School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme....

238. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of an appeal by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20511/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Flood Relief Schemes Applications)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): An application under the 2017 Flood Damage Relief Measure was received in this office on 28/09/2017 from the representative of the estate of the above named herd.
An official from my department has been in direct contact with the representative and requested further documentation pertaining to the administration of the estate.  Upon receipt of this documentation the case will be reviewed further and a decision made.
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239. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the issues regarding TAMS payments under the dairy equipment scheme will be resolved as promised in view of the fact the penalties being imposed are grossly unfair; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20536/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - TAMS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): To date over 1,100 payments valued at over €14.7m have issued under the Dairy Equipment measure under TAMS II. It is one of the most popular investment schemes under TAMS and payments continue to issue on a weekly basis. Payments under the overall scheme continue to issue at a rate of over €1m per week. 
All investment works completed under this measure must, of course, be carried out in accordance with the Terms and Condition...

240. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount of funding provided for the EU school milk scheme in terms of EU financing and Exchequer funding; the number of schools in receipt of the scheme; the number of students that received an allocation from the scheme in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20559/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - EU Funding)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The structure of EU and National Funding differ in that the EU funding is allocated on a school year basis and Exchequer funding is on a calendar year basis. The funding provided for the EU school milk scheme in terms of EU financing and Exchequer funding is:
  - 2017/18 (Revised Budget) EU Funding €671,994   2018 Exchequer Funding €252,000 


The number of schools in receipt of the EU school milk scheme and th...

241. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the value of products that are provided here under the EU school milk scheme in each of the past five years in respect of the five heat-treated milk products under category 1 and category 2 of the scheme; the value of products that are provided here under the scheme for each of the past five years in respect of category 1 products that are heat-treated milk with chocolate, fruit juice or flavoured; if the value of products provided under category 1 are broken down in terms of the quantity and value provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20560/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - School Milk Scheme)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The information requested by the Deputy is outlined hereunder:
 School Year 2016/17    2015/16 2014/15 2013/14 2012/13 Milk Cat 1(a) €494,017 €532,695 €607,121 €642,787 €664,287 Milk Cat 1(a) (litres) 1,662,407 1,884,181 2,138,860 2,280,174 2,346,571 Milk Cat 1(b) €6,492 €5,954 €7,004 €7,533 €7,078 Milk Cat 1(b) (litres) 22,601 20,726 24,383 26,222 24,639 
 
Milk Category 1(a): Heat treated ...

242. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a farm payment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20594/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Agriculture Scheme Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of 1 October 2015 and has received the full payment due in respect of the years 2015 and 2017. 
He has also received the bulk of the 2016 payment due with the exception of one part related to a hen harrier action. This outstanding payment for 2016 is expected to be processed shortly as will the applicant’s 2017 balancing payment when these commence. I ...

243. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a 2017 GLAS payment will issue to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20651/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The above named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of 1st October 2015.
Administrative checks involving a number of sections within the Department take place on all GLAS claims. All cases must clear validation checks before payment can issue. Department officials are working proactively to complete the checks to minimise delays in payments. Once this case clears validations the 2017 advance payment will...

244. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a 2016 and 2017 GLAS plus payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20652/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named was approved into GLAS 2 with a contract commencement date of 1 January 2016.
This applicant has yet to submit his Commonage Management Plan as required under the scheme. This plan must be submitted before any payment can issue.
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245. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the GLAS section will accept a review request in respect of a farmer (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20653/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - GLAS Applications)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The above named was approved into GLAS 2 with a contract commencement date of 1 January 2016 and received all payments in respect of scheme year 2016. 
GLAS participants with the LESS action are required to submitted an annual return for the action. The required form was issued to the person named. Completed forms were to be returned to the Department by 27th October 2017. The Department issued a number of reminders. The requi...

246. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the continuation of the fodder transport scheme to mid-May will be ensured (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20695/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Fodder Crisis)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): In response to pressures on fodder supplies caused by a long wet winter and spring I introduced a national Fodder Transport Support measure in January of this year, followed in April by a Fodder Import Support measure. These two interventions working together effectively addressed issues around fodder availability in the country. Grass growth, as confirmed by Teagasc assessments, has continued to improve significantly and live...

247. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason for introducing electronic identification for sheep alter in 2018; and the level of consultation he had with famer organisations on this matter to proceed with this measure. (Question 20774/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Animal Identification Schemes)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The current National Sheep Identification system (NSIS) has been in place since 2010. It is widely accepted that the system is overly complicated, relying too heavily on the manual transcription of lengthy identification numbers of sheep at various stages of production.
My Department commenced a review of the current NSIS in 2015 when my officials met with the stakeholder representative and outlined the preferred option to imp...

248. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of anaerobic digesters producing biogas in operation nationally by county, in tabular form; his plans to increase the uptake of farm waste to convert into biogas; and the steps he is taking to increase the production of biogas from farm waste. (Question 20775/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Farm Waste Management)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 248 and 249 together.
The agriculture and forest sector has a critical role to play in contributing to our national climate change ambitions, and bioenergy represents a key component of that contribution.
The EU report entitled the ‘Optimal use of biogas from waste streams’ indicated 31 AD biogas plants for Ireland in 2014. There were 3 agricultural, 14 sewage plant facilities and 7 industrial ...

249. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his officials have examined the 2017 SEAI report, Assessment of Costs and Benefits of Biogas and Biomethane in Ireland. (Question 20776/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Farm Waste Management)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 248 and 249 together.
The agriculture and forest sector has a critical role to play in contributing to our national climate change ambitions, and bioenergy represents a key component of that contribution.
The EU report entitled the ‘Optimal use of biogas from waste streams’ indicated 31 AD biogas plants for Ireland in 2014. There were 3 agricultural, 14 sewage plant facilities and 7 industrial ...

250. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of applicants to date for 2018 basic payment scheme, BPS; and if the extension of the current deadline will be examined in view of recent pressures on farmers caused by the fodder shortages. (Question 20777/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Basic Payment Scheme Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Following recent discussion at EU level, the EU Commission undertook to draft legislation in relation to an extension to the deadline for the submission of BPS applications.  Any such extension would be voluntary for Member States.  Ireland has not requested a deadline extension in respect of BPS applications.
2018 is the first year that all BPS applications are to be made online, and in 2017 114,000 BPS applications were made...

251. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount allocated separately to the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development at EU level for the MFF programmes 2007-2013 and 2014-2020, in tabular form. (Question 20778/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - EU Funding)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 251 and 252 together.
The information sought by the deputy is set out in the following table:
  - EU Total Allocation (€Millions) Ireland (€Millions) EAFRD   2007-2013 96,244 2,495 EAFRD   2014-2020 99,586 2,191 EAGF   Direct Payments (2007-2013) 283,369 9,384 EAGF   Direct Payments (2014-2020) 263,048 8,615 
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252. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount allocated separately to the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development to Ireland for the MFF programmes 2007-2013 and 2014-2020, in tabular form. (Question 20779/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - EU Funding)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 251 and 252 together.
The information sought by the deputy is set out in the following table:
  - EU Total Allocation (€Millions) Ireland (€Millions) EAFRD   2007-2013 96,244 2,495 EAFRD   2014-2020 99,586 2,191 EAGF   Direct Payments (2007-2013) 283,369 9,384 EAGF   Direct Payments (2014-2020) 263,048 8,615 
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253. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the strategy being deployed at EU institutional level and with his European counterparts to resist cuts to Pillar 1 and 2 of CAP as proposed under the MFF 2021-2027. (Question 20780/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Common Agricultural Policy Negotiations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Multi Annual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021 - 2027 proposals which were published on 2 May 2018 are detailed and complex and will require careful study in preparation for the detailed discussions that will begin shortly. The proposals will be under-pinned by even more detailed legislative proposals in each of the sectoral areas. 
The CAP is and will continue to be a key policy of strategic national interest for Ireland. It...

254. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount the CAP budget has been reduced in the MFF 2021-2027 proposals in absolute terms and when inflation is considered over the 2021-2027 period. (Question 20781/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Common Agricultural Policy Negotiations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 254, 255, 257 and 258 together.
The European Commission published its proposal for the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021 - 2027 on 2 May last.  It proposes a total CAP budget ceiling (EAGF and EAFRD) of just over €365 billion in commitment appropriations at current prices for the EU 27.  
This compares to a ceiling of approximately €408 billion for the EU 28 in the MFF period 2014-202...

255. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the deficit in the EU CAP budget following the UK intention to leave the Union as reflected in the MFF proposals for the 2021-2027 period; and the annual amount and total deficit over the same period. (Question 20782/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Common Agricultural Policy Negotiations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 254, 255, 257 and 258 together.
The European Commission published its proposal for the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021 - 2027 on 2 May last.  It proposes a total CAP budget ceiling (EAGF and EAFRD) of just over €365 billion in commitment appropriations at current prices for the EU 27.  
This compares to a ceiling of approximately €408 billion for the EU 28 in the MFF period 2014-202...

256. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the proposed MFF allocation over the 2021-2027 period for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund compared to the 2014-2020 allocation. (Question 20783/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - European Maritime and Fisheries Fund)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): On 2 May 2018, the European Commission published its proposals on the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, marking the start of an important debate on the future of the EU Budget. The Commission is proposing an allocation to the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund for 2021-27 of €6.14 billion (current prices).  This compares to €6.5 billion allocated to the EMFF for the 2014-20 period, a reduction of 5.54%.  I am extrem...

257. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reduction in direct payments under pillar 1 as proposed under the MFF 2021-2027 for Ireland in monetary terms and the percentage reduction. (Question 20784/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Common Agricultural Policy Negotiations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 254, 255, 257 and 258 together.
The European Commission published its proposal for the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021 - 2027 on 2 May last.  It proposes a total CAP budget ceiling (EAGF and EAFRD) of just over €365 billion in commitment appropriations at current prices for the EU 27.  
This compares to a ceiling of approximately €408 billion for the EU 28 in the MFF period 2014-202...

258. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the MFF 2021-2027 and the reduction in the co-financing support in the rural development programme by ten points; the impact this will have on Irish pillar 2 funding; and the steps being taken to resist this. (Question 20785/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Common Agricultural Policy Negotiations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 254, 255, 257 and 258 together.
The European Commission published its proposal for the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021 - 2027 on 2 May last.  It proposes a total CAP budget ceiling (EAGF and EAFRD) of just over €365 billion in commitment appropriations at current prices for the EU 27.  
This compares to a ceiling of approximately €408 billion for the EU 28 in the MFF period 2014-202...

259. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of the project team for the new Freshwater Pearl Mussel Programme. (Question 20786/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Wildlife Conservation)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I am pleased to say that a team to administer the Freshwater Pearl Mussel Programme has been selected following a detailed competitive procurement process.  
The new programme is a locally-led project, funded under the European Innovation Partnership measure which forms part of the Irish Rural Development Programme. Its design and management will be the responsibility of the project team who will liaise closely with officials ...

260. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on a matter (details supplied) in respect of rule changes to an EU measure. (Question 20787/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - EU Regulations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): EU Regulation 2017/2393 came into effect on 1st January 2018.  This Regulation included an amendment to EU Regulation 1307/2013 regarding the number of years a successful applicant under the Young Farmers Scheme (YFS) can receive payment.  The relevant amendment is in two parts.  The first part of the regulatory amendment provides that YFS applicants may receive payment for five years starting from the first submission of an a...