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Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Thursday, 28 March 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 463 No. 5

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 123. Mr. Cowen Information on Brian Cowen Zoom on Brian Cowen  asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Information on Ivan Yates Zoom on Ivan Yates  the amount of money paid to farmers in County Donegal in each of the past three years under cattle, sheep and equine headage, ewe and cattle premia, beef cow and suckler cow and extensification and slaughter premia; and the EU Commission's proposals in relation to these payments in the 1996 prices package. [6809/96]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. Yates): Information on Ivan Yates Zoom on Ivan Yates The amounts of money paid to farmers in County Donegal under 1993, 1994 and 1995 headage and premia schemes are as follows:

Scheme Amount Paid 1993 Schemes Amount Paid 1994 Schemes Amount Paid 1995 Schemes
  £m £m £m
Cattle Headage 5.602 5.002 4.957
Equine Headage 0.046 0.027 0.020
Sheep Headage 4.214 3.735 3.728
Goat Headage 0.002 0.001 0.001
Suckler Cow Premium 3.427 4.710 5.544
Special Beef Premium 2.048 3.107 4.105
Slaughter Premium 0.453 0.524 0.683
Extensification Premium 1.776 2.122 To be paid April to June 1996
Ewe Premium 11.684 10.030 11.612
Total 29.252 28.258 30.650

[1447] The European Commission's proposals on the premium arrangements in the context of the 1996/97 prices package are as follows:

(i)withdrawal of the second instalment of the special beef premium for bulls and its replacement by a single premium at 14 per cent above the premium for steers;

(ii)reduction in the trigger for qualification for the deseasonalisation slaughter premium from 40 per cent to 38 per cent based on total steer slaughterings on the island of Ireland. In addition, when the trigger is no longer met, member states would have the option of maintaining the premium at 60 per cent of its current rate, which would be financed by way of a reduction in the second instalment of the special beef premium. Discussion on all elements of the 1996/97 prices proposals is ongoing in the Council and I am seeking to secure the best possible outcome.


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