Dáil Éireann - Volume 373 - 24 June, 1987
Written Answers. - Poultrymeat Imports.
Mr. Durkan Mr. Durkan
108. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the value and quantity of poultrymeat imported into this country in each of the past 10 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. O'Kennedy) Michael O'Kennedy
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. O'Kennedy): The information sought is as follows:
Under EEC rules, there is free trade in poultrymeat. Imported poultrymeat, which accounts for about 15 per cent of our market, comes principally from Northern Ireland. The only effective way to withstand competition from imports is through improved efficiency in production, processing and marketing. In this connection, poultry processors here have benefited significantly through the availablity of national and EC grant aid. A total of 24 projects involving investment of £15.8 million have been approved for national and FEOGA grant aid, totalling £8.7 million in the poultrymeat processing area since 1980.
Dáil Éireann 373 Written Answers. Poultrymeat Imports.