3,200 farmers waiting up to 21 months for BVD compensation – Naughten

In Agriculture, Roscommon-South Leitrim by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten meeting with Donal Greene, John Hanily,County Chairperson, Eddie Downey, President and Pat Leonard at an IFA meeting in Dublin this weekDenis Naughten has called on the Minister for Agriculture to immediately release compensation which has been due to farmers for up to 21 months under the BVD eradication policy.
“Farmers were strongly encouraged to remove persistently infected (PI) calves under the BVD eradication policy and as part of this scheme €120 compensation per calf was to incentivise the culling of these PI calves in the beef herd and a payment of €75 is made for the second and each subsequent PI female dairy breed calf born,” explained Denis Naughten.

“What is really infuriating farmers is the fact that on one hand the Department is threatening to name and shame those who don’t dispose of PI caves from their herd and yet it is telling farmers that they can wait up to two years before receiving compensation payment.

“This ‘do as I say, not do as I do’ policy of the Department of Agriculture needs to change and not only must the 2014 funds be released but the 2015 applications must now be processed without delay.
“While progress has been made in reducing the incidence of BVD, it is taking much longer than the original three year timeline to get the disease under control, with 1,578 PI animals still in herds and there is no doubt that these Departmental delays are contributing to the problem,” concluded Denis Naughten.

ENDS.

Parliamentary Question No. 111

To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of farmers who sought financial support to dispose of their persistently infected calves under the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea eradication programme in 2014, who have yet to receive payment; the value and number of farmers involved in dairy and suckler herds respectively; the current time delay in issuing payment and the reason for same; the corresponding figures for 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Denis Naughten.

For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 24th September, 2015.

Ref No: 32614/15 Proof: 122

REPLY
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine : (Simon Coveney)

The objective of the BVD Compensation Programme is to incentivise the culling of persistently infected (PI) calves. A payment of €120 is made for each persistently infectedbeef breed calf born in 2014 and removed to a knackery with a recorded date of death on my Department’s AIM database. A payment of €75 is made for the second and each subsequent PI female dairy breed calf born in 2014 and removed to a knackery with a recorded date of death on the AIM system. My Department received 2,763 applications for compensation on beef breed animals and 483 applications for compensation on dairy breed animals in respect of 2014. Final validation of the applications is currently underway and payments will shortly commence for both categories of animals. My Department has currently issued 3,211 beef breed applications under the BVD Programme for 2015 of which 1,581 applications have been returned by farmers. In the case of dairy breed animals, 335 applications have been returned from the 995 applications issued.

Denis Naughten TD