Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (550)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

550. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his Department's capital allocation in each of the years 2018 to 2022; and the areas to which funds will be allocated in each of those years. [9511/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The allocations set out for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) in the National Development Plan for the 2018-2022 period are as follows:

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€m

2018

248*

2019

255

2020

258

2021

265

2022

275

* this does not include capital allocation to be carried over from 2017.

The funding will be allocated in the annual estimates process for capital programmes and schemes already in operation, as well as for emerging challenges including those arising from Brexit.

Over the 2018-2022 period the programmes funded will include the following:

- Forestry Programme

- Targeted Agriculture Modernisation Scheme under the 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme

- European Maritime & Fisheries Fund Operational Programme 2014-2020

- Investment support for food sector companies , the organic sector and commercial Horticulture

- Investment support for facilities for the Horse and Greyhound Racing industries

In 2021 and 2022 funding will be allocated to the capital schemes envisaged to be operated under the successors to the existing 2014-2020 EU co-funded programmes (RDP and EMFF) and the post 2020 Forestry programme.

In addition to the above multi-project programmes, which support investment by operators across the Agriculture, Food and the Marine sectors, funding will be allocated each year for my Department’s ICT equipment and infrastructure, and Laboratory infrastructure and equipment, for the development of Fisheries Harbours, facilities maintenance and development for Teagasc, Marine Institute, SFPA and BIM, as well as for specific projects with a more limited expenditure timescale.

Question No. 551 answered with Question No. 542.