Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Questions (178)

Denis Naughten


178. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the progress he is making to source a ship to import large tonnage of hay from the UK; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21740/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I have put in place a €1 million scheme to support the transport cost associated with the importation of hay, haylage and maize silage from the UK and other countries. The importation of forage under the scheme is being managed at my request by the Dairy co-operatives. The scheme has been very successful to date with over 900 loads of hay, haylage and maize silage received and ordered into the country as of Tuesday, 7th May.

It is a matter for the dairy co-operatives who are managing this importation to arrange the most efficient means of transporting this forage into the country.