Thursday, 11 March 2004

Questions (92)

Enda Kenny

Question:

93 Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the range of levies and the extent of such levies paid by farmers covering disease control, promotion of Bord Bainne and other activities; the extent of levy collection for each of the past three years; the extent of usage of amounts collected for the purposes intended; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8165/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture and Food)

The An Bord Bia Act 1994 provides for payment to the board of a levy per head on slaughtered or exported livestock. The rates of levy are currently set at €1.90 per head on cattle, 25 cent per head for sheep and 25 cent per head for pigs. The income generated from these levies is used for promotional and marketing activities for the sectors concerned and is matched in equal measure by Exchequer funding.

The Bovine Diseases (Levies) Acts 1979 to 1996 form the statutory basis for the collection of levies under the bovine TB and brucellosis diseases eradication schemes. The moneys which my Department receive through the diseases levies partly fund the schemes for the eradication of bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis.

The information requested by the Deputy regarding the amount of levies collected is contained in the table set out below.

Year

*Bord Bia Levies

Bovine Diseases Levies

€ million

€ million

2001

5.78

10.36

2002

5.30

11.01

2003

5.59

19.77

*The bovine disease levies have been reduced by 25% with effect from 1 January 2004.