Tuesday, 10 May 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
295. Mr. Hogan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when money will be awarded under the disease eradication scheme under the hardship fund for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14980/05]
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): The hardship grant is aimed at assisting eligible owners or keepers whose herds are restricted during the period 1 November to 30 April. Under the terms and conditions of the hardship grant 2004-05, payment will not be made where the owner or keeper fails to co-operate with veterinary inspectors or authorised officers in carrying out their duties under the diseases eradication schemes.
In this instance the person concerned had a TB round test on 22 October 2004. Twelve of the 122 animals tested were reactors. The second part of this test was carried out on 26 November and a further two reactors were disclosed. The person concerned did not allow the Department to remove these animals until 14 January 2005, a delay of six weeks, thus disqualifying him for hardship grant due to non-compliance with testing regulations.
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