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Written Answers. - Animal Slaughtering Statistics.

Wednesday, 8 May 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 465 No. 1

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 202. Cecilia Keaveney Information on Cecilia Keaveney Zoom on Cecilia Keaveney  asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Information on Ivan Yates Zoom on Ivan Yates  the number of animals slaughtered in each of the months from 1 January, to 14 April 1995; the numbers slaughtered in each of the months from 1 January to 14 April 1996; and the current position in relation to extending the high rate of payment to cover the period from 1 January to 9 June 1996. [9228/96]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. Yates): Information on Ivan Yates Zoom on Ivan Yates The number of animals slaughtered are as follows:

  1995 1996
January 108,956 105,146
February 110,057 134,324
March 138,198 106,188
1-14 April 76,458 22,026

As regards the extension of the high rate of payment of the deseasonalisation premium, at last week's meeting of the Council of Agriculture Ministers, I raised the issue of compensation for beef producers who had suffered as a result of the current BSE crisis. I suggested that such compensation could best be provided by way of increases in the deseasonalisation and the special beef premia. The Council agreed on the [202] urgency of short-term income support measures for producers and the EU Commission undertook to suggest concrete measures to the Council at its next meeting in May. I will be pursuing this matter further at that meeting.


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