715 applicants have withdrawn from the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM), to date, according to the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Michael Creed.
He provided the data in response to a parliamentary question from independent TD, Michael Fitzmaurice on November 11th.
Minister Creed noted that 34,517 approval letters were issued to eligible BEAM applicants on October 11th.
Since that date, 533 applicants have asked to be withdrawn from the scheme.
A further 182 applicants had already requested to leave the scheme before the approval letters were issued.
Temporary exceptional adjustment aid
Minister Creed outlined that the objective of the BEAM scheme is to provide temporary exceptional adjustment aid to farmers in the beef sector in Ireland, subject to the conditions set out in EU Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1132.
Applications for the scheme were accepted from August 19th to September 20th.