Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Joint Oireachtas Committee

I was elected to this committee in 2016 and participate in specialised parliamentary work, taking evidence from interest groups, meet witnesses, and invite Department officials to discuss specific issues of interest to Ireland’s agri-food sector and fisheries industry.

You can find out more about the work of the Committee here.


13th June 2019 Comments are off Alesha Clarke

BEEP pilot will target the weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves

Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, has confirmed the new Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot will receive €20 million funding in 2019 and is encouraging all eligible Cork farmers to apply to funding. The scheme will target the weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves - measuring the live weight of the calf at weaning as a percentage of the cow's live weight. Senator Lombard said: “Prior to the Budget I made continued representations to the Department on behalf of farmers and I am very pl

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Lombard urges Minister to add Cork location to tyre collection

There needs to be a collection point for used agricultural tyres in County Cork, a Fine Gael Senator has said. Cork Senator Tim Lombard was speaking following the announcement of a national tyre collection by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Minister Naughten has made €700,000 available to help farmers remove tyre stockpiles on their farms and the Irish Farm Film Producers Group (IFFPG), the national farm plastics recycling compliance scheme, has agreed to

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Budget funding will ensure farming community in Cork is protected from the effects of Brexit

Fine Gael Senator Tim Lombard has said that funding from Budget 2019 will ensure the farming community in Cork is protected from the effects of Brexit. Senator Lombard said: “I am delighted to see that Minister Creed has made provision for a Brexit Resilience Package of €78 million. This will ensure our largest indigenous industry is prioritised and will strengthen the farming sector’s ability to meet the challenges of Brexit. “The funding will give a helping hand to farmers who need it mo

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€685,904 investment in Cork aquaculture

Cork Senator and member of the joint Oireachtas committee for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Tim Lombard, has welcomed Government EMFF grants of €381,342 towards a total €685,904 investment in 4 of our local aquaculture companies. Cormorant Mussel Ltd is to receive €22,928 towards a total investment of €57,321 for the introduction of a continuous rope mussel system; Seal Harbour Enterprises Ltd is to receive €21,469 (total investment of €53,674) for the upgrade of mooring system and engine; Ba

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Hedge cutting measures to be implemented for August

Fine Gael Senator Tim Lombard welcomed the passing of the Heritage Bill through the Seanad this evening. Senator Lombard said the new law will enable road-side hedges to be cut during August. Senator Lombard said: “I welcome the passing of this Bill this evening and I am hoping that the President will sign it in to law shortly so the measures of cutting hedges on roadsides can be implemented for the month of August “This has been an issue for many years and this new proposal will increa

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Extension to summer slurry-spreading deadline a welcome relief for derogation farmers

Cork based Senator, Tim Lombard, has said that extending the summer slurry-spreading deadline is good news for derogation farmers. Senator Lombard said: “The one month extension to summer slurry-spreading announced by Ministers Murphy and Creed is good news for Cork farmers. “The deadline by which derogation farmers must have 50% of their slurry spread is now 15th July, after which the remainder of slurry must be spread by low-emission technology. “By extending the date the G

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Fodder Import Support is first step required to assist the Farming Community

Cork Senator and member of the joint Oireachtas Agricultural committee, Tim Lombard, confirmed that over €1.5 million has been allocated towards the introduction of a Fodder Import Support measure. The measure will operate through the dairy Co-operatives and will cover fodder imported by the co-ops from 5th April 2018 to 30th April 2018. Support under the measure will substantially alleviate the cost to farmers of imported fodder (approximately one third). Senator Lombar

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West Cork Clinics for farmers applying for BPS

Clinics will be held to help West Cork farmers with their online applications for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, has confirmed. Further to existing supports available, such as telephone help-lines, how-to guides and instructional videos, staff from the Department of Agriculture will be available to meet with farmers on a one-to-one basis to assist with making their applications. Senator Lombard said: “These clinics have proven successful in the past; farmer

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6% increase in Cork employment opportunities

  Job creation in Cork is up by 6% in the last year – an increase of 1,372 jobs throughout the county. “This is excellent news for all of us here in Cork, and is consistent with the strong employment performance across the economy. “I am very pleased to see this strong level of job creation delivered by Government-backed companies; the employment boost from Enterprise Ireland backed companies shows the Regional Action Plans for Jobs is delivering for Cork. “Fine Gael’s priority

Lombard opens Constituency Office in Kinsale

  Yesterday morning (Monday) Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, opened his new constituency office in Kinsale. [caption id="attachment_1162" align="aligncenter" width="251"] Senator Lombard welcomes the public to visit his new constituency office[/caption]   “I am very excited about this new venture. I feel it is very importan