Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Tuesday, 2 July 2019
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Animal Health Levies (Pigs) Regulations 2019: Motion
I welcome this concept also. I agree wholeheartedly with it by virtue of the fact that the industry has been brought in on it. A concern in the industry is how strongly ring-fenced the contribution will be within the AHI to ensure it is spent in the pig sector. It has been questioned whether the contribution would simply go into the AHI's overall budget and whether it could end up benefitting other sectors. What proposals are on the table for the physical collection of the levy? I presume it will be collected in respect of the animals killed here through the abattoirs but how will it be collected in respect of the animals being exported live? What will be the logistics of the collection of the levy?