Creed says €200 suckler cow payment is 'not feasible'
The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed has again poured cold water on proposals to increase payments under the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) to €200/cow.
In the Dail last week, Fianna Fail’s Bobby Aylward hit out at what he said was the administrative burden and low returns of the Government's €52 million BDGP scheme.
He said the scheme is undermining the industry as the scheme is running at 30% behind its participation target, due he said a lot of issues with ‘red tape’.
“The original target was 35,000 but fewer than 24,500 have signed up. Does the Minister agree that the 35,000 farmers' enrolment target is not attainable and an underspend is going to happen?
“This is the money which I reckon will be left over,” Aylward said.
He said if the Minister looked at providing €200 for the first 30 cows with the money that is left over, it would go a long way to help the beef farmer and keep the beef industry alive.
However, Minister Creed hit back by saying there are no easy answers.
“Under the rural development programme, while we have reopened BDGP, we will spend all of the €300 million. Not only will we spend all the €300 million under BDGP, we will spend the entire envelope under the rural development programme.