Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (289)

Peter Burke

Question:

289. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the reason it is Enterprise Ireland policy not to fund capacity in the meat processing sector in view of the need for competition in the sector; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46387/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

Enterprise Ireland (EI) is tasked with strengthening Irish exporting companies throughout the country and equipping them with the tools they need to succeed in global markets.

Currently, there is overcapacity in the Irish Beef processing sector. Given this overcapacity, it is EI policy not to support new entrants to the sector at this time.

EI policy in the meat processing sector is focussed on strengthening and improving the competitiveness of the sector through Research & Development, Productivity and Training and Capability Supports. This will enable clients in this sector to compete effectively in the global marketplace.

EI continues to keep the matter under review.