Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - State Expenditure in Relation to Agriculture.

Tuesday, 16 February 1971

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 251 No. 9

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Sir Anthony Esmonde: Information on Anthony Charles Esmonde  Zoom on Anthony Charles Esmonde  asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries the total amount of subsidies to agriculture in the latest statistics available; and if he will give a breakdown of such subsidies.

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries (Mr. J. Gibbons): Information on James M. Gibbons  Zoom on James M. Gibbons  With your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to circulate in the Official Report a statement giving details of estimated State expenditure in relation to agriculture for 1970-71 as published last year in the Budget Tables. The figures do not include the extra assistance for agriculture announced in the April, 1970 Budget or the further [1331] assistance announced on 13th October and 1st December, 1970. Taking account of these additional measures total expenditure will, it is estimated, be in the region of £95 million. Final figures will be published at the time of the next Budget.

Following is the statement referred to:

ESTIMATED State expenditure in relation to agriculture.

1970-71
£000
Education Research and Advisory Services:
Education 1,696
Research 2,522
Advisory services 1,017
Technical services 489
Department land and buildings 190
Rural organisations 41
Livestock improvement and eradication of disease:
Improvement of livestock 352
Bovine tuberculosis 2,000
Brucellosis 1,500
Production and development aids:
Lime 1,150
Phosphate 4,570
Potash 1,150
Land Project 3,656
Arterial drainage 1,494
Farm buildings, water supplies and milk coolers 3,025
Poultry houses and equipment 62
Forage harvesters 70
Improvement of Land Commission estates 766
Other improvement schemes 600
Beef cattle incentive scheme 2,480
Calved heifers
Farrowed sows 100
Mountain sheep 550
Fat cattle (temporary scheme)
Horticulture 418
Small farm (incentive bonus) scheme 300
Marketing supports and aids:
Dairy produce 30,500
Beef, mutton and lamb 1,500
Bacon and pork 3,400
Wheat
Oats 25
Administration of Miscellaneous Acts, regulations and schemes 890
Land Annuities:
Reduction of land annuities 1,130
Bonus to vendors and other costs 130
[1332]Relief of rates:
Agricultural Grants 20,740
Rural Electrification 1,560
Capital for Agricultural Credit Corporation Ltd. 800
TOTAL 90,923

Note: Figures are net of appropriations-in-aid.


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