Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Ceisteanna (75)

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

75. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the detail of beef imports for the first quarter of 2019; the number of tonnes imported; the countries from which such imports took place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28077/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

According to Central Statistics Office (CSO) data, imports of beef into Ireland for the first quarter of 2019 are relatively small, with 7,310 tonnes or €30.4m seen during this period. These figures are a reduction on the 11,714 tonnes, or €33.7m, registered during the same period in 2018. This equates to a 33% decline in volume.

In Q1 2019, the main country that we imported beef from was Great Britain, with 5,541 tonnes. This means that Great Britain makes up 75% off all our imported beef for the period in question, followed by Northern Ireland with 992 tonnes, or 13.5%, of the total.

Overall, EU member states made up 99% of all our beef imports, with 7,235 tonnes or €30m imported in the first quarter of 2019.  Imports from third countries during this period were very small with 2 tonnes being imported from Brazil, and 1 tonne from Switzerland.