Dáil Éireann - Volume 452 - 16 May, 1995

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

22. Kathleen Lynch asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry the proposals, if any, he has to press for the extensification premium paid to cattle farmers to be extended to sheep farmers in view of the recent fall in lamb [1749] prices; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8779/95]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. Yates): I am pursuing a number of measures to assist the medium and long term development of the Irish sheep industry.

Among those measures are proposals which I have put to the Agriculture Commissioner and to the European Commission to compensate Irish sheep producers for the absence of price convergence under the existing arrangements for the fixing of the level of the ewe premium. The question of the extensification premium will be considered in that context.

[1750] 23. Mr. J. Walsh asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry if he will outline on a county by county basis the number of farmers who have applied for and have been approved for payment under the dairy hygiene grant scheme. [8803/95]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. Yates): I am circulating a table giving the information requested.

This table also includes applications approved to commence work under the scheme. It should be noted that approval for payment depends on the time taken for applicants to complete their approved works.

The question of speeding up the processing of approvals to commence work is being urgently addressed.

Dairy Hygiene Scheme

Country

Applications Net

Approvals to commence work

Approved for payment

Carlow

10

5

Cavan

311

17

Clare

264

12

Cork

523

250

7

Donegal

66

21

Dublin

4

0

Galway

205

41

1

Kerry

296

192

2

Kildare

35

13

Kilkenny

109

62

3

Laois

126

16

1

Leitrim

43

7

Limerick

181

16

Longford

80

8

1

Louth

23

8

Mayo

194

43

5

Meath

89

14

Monaghan

244

55

5

Offaly

86

11

Roscommon

47

11

Sligo

102

16

Tipperary North

21

15

1

Tipperary South

114

18

Waterford

88

34

Westmeath

69

15

Wexford

70

4

Wicklow

33

4

Total

3,433

908

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