Dáil Éireann - Volume 475 - 04 March, 1997

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

230. Mr. N. Treacy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry the number of young farmers who have qualified for farm installation aid in each of the years since its inception; the amount of money paid to these applicants in each year; the amount of money allocated in this regard in 1997; if he is committed to this scheme in future years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5656/97]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. Yates): I have set out on the following table the number of young farmers who have qualified for farm installation aid in the years 1987 to end of February 1997. I am satisfied there are adequate funds to meet claims submitted for payment during 1997. In common with other schemes, this scheme will be reviewed in the context of the mid-term review of Structural Funds.

Scheme of Installation Aid for Young Farmers

Year

No. of Recipients

Amount

£

1987

69

386,400

1988

462

2,587,200

1989

537

3,007,200

1990

496

2,777,600

1991

405

2,268,000

1992

386

2,161,600

1993

409

2,290,400

1994

403

2,256,800

1995

746

4,177,600

1996

1,167

6,535,200

1997 (To end Feb.)

144

806,400

Total

5,224

29,254,400