Thursday, 8 November 2012

Questions (277, 278, 279)

Noel Harrington

Question:

277. Deputy Noel Harrington asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding plans to reopen live cattle exports to Egypt; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49171/12]

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Noel Harrington

Question:

278. Deputy Noel Harrington asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding plans to reopen live cattle exports to Libya; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49172/12]

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Noel Harrington

Question:

279. Deputy Noel Harrington asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding plans to reopen live cattle exports to Lebanon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49173/12]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 277 to 279, inclusive, together.

The following table sets out the current position as regards the markets to which the questions refer.

Country

Type of market

Egypt

Open to fattening cattle under 20 months and slaughter cattle under 30 months

Lebanon

Open to Breeding /fattening and slaughter cattle under 36 months

Libya

Open to fattening and slaughter male cattle under 24 months – increase in age limit to 30 months is being pursued.

The question of when trade will resume to these countries is dependent on a number of factors, including commercial factors such as price and demand and the availability and cost of suitable sea transport. No boats from Ireland are currently approved for such export, but I am hopeful that this position will change in the near future.