Gibbons, James M.

Wednesday, 21 April 1971

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 253 No. 2

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Group Farming.

Group farming projects can take a variety of forms, ranging from a joint arrangement to market a particular product, such as weaner pigs or calves, to a completely integrated system in which the group...More Button

Certain ideas are under consideration at the present for the improvement of the situation and these will give rise to worthwhile developments in relation to group farming.More Button

In the recent discussions which I had with both the ICMSA and the NFA, the question of group farming did arise. I asked them for their observations on this matter.More Button

Yes.More Button

This is one of the difficult aspects of the general approach to group farming. I know what Deputy Creed has in mind. It is a question of whether a man has one herd or two herds and whether one herd ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - East Donegal Land Project Office.

The staff in the Land Project offices serving particular districts is not static but is kept in close relationship to the number of applications falling to be dealt with in the different districts. B...More Button

The intention of the Department is to maintain an adequate staff in Donegal and elsewhere.More Button

As I have said in my reply, I do not accept that Donegal is inadequately staffed.More Button

The staff in Donegal will be adequate.More Button

If it becomes evident that an increase in staff is necessary, such increase will be effected.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Water Schemes.

My Department agreed in September 1969 to contribute towards the headworks costs of group water schemes in which farmers are participating and where the average cost per serviced premises exceeds £180...More Button

As I said in my reply, the scheme was introduced in September, 1969 and no scheme has yet approached the adequate stage of completion which would enable payment to be made.More Button

I was not aware of that.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Horticultural Production.

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle I propose to take Questions Nos. 19 and 20 together.More Button

I take it that the same general situation would apply.More Button

I am aware of the fact that Dutch producers are being induced to change over from fuel oil to natural gas and that they are in a particularly advantageous position in this regard, but I would also cal...More Button

The Deputy can rest assured that the interests of the horticultural industry will be protected so far as the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries can afford such protection.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Fishing Rights.

I would refer the Deputy to the reply in the House on 5th February, 1970 to questions on this subject from Deputies Desmond and Michael O'Leary. Until the Inland Fisheries Commission has completed it...More Button

I am afraid I have not got that information.More Button

Yes and it is, therefore, to be assumed that the culmination of the commission's labours is that much nearer.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Oceanography and Marine Biology.

I can only speak for the area of activity covered by my own Department and this relates to matters concerning our commercial fisheries. The funds required for the study of and research into oceanogr...More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that the fields of scientific research to which he refers are extremely wide and that our resources to meet them are limited, but I will take note of what he says in connect...More Button


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