Thursday, 25 October 2018

Ceisteanna (303)

Charlie McConalogue


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.