Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Ceisteanna (435)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

435. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount allocated from Exchequer funding to support the establishment of producer organisations in each sector in each of the years 2016 to 2019 in tabular form; and the annual amount drawn down in each sector to date in 2019. [39342/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 provides €300,000 for establishing Beef Producer Organisations over the lifetime of the programme. This measure is co-financed by the EU at a rate of 53%. Exchequer funding of the balance, which amounts to €141,000, has been available for drawdown since 2017.

My Department expects that the funding will be drawn down by the end of this year. 

Producer organisations in the fruit and vegetable sector receive funding from the EU and not from the Exchequer.