Thursday, 25 October 2018

Ceisteanna (303)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

303. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount of funding allocated in 2016, 2017 and 2018 to Bord Bia's marketing intensification programme; and the provision made for it in budget 2019. [44522/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

A total grant sum is allocated annually to Bord Bia by my Department and voted on by the Oireachtas, in conjunction with the estimates process.

In the context of Budget 2019, I was pleased to announce the allocation of a further €5.3m to Bord Bia for 2019, bringing its total grant in aid to €46.6m for 2019. The final sums allocated to Bord Bia in 2016, 2017 and 2018 were €33.2m, €41.1m and €41.3m, respectively. The 2019 allocation shows a 40% increase in funding for Bord Bia since 2016.

The detailed allocation of non-pay (operational) funds by Bord Bia contained within its voted grant-in-aid is an operational matter for Bord Bia. The PQ has been referred to Bord Bia for further reply.