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 was following the discussion on the monitor. I will be brief. I have a few simple questions.
Obviously anything that enhances the welfare of the pig industry must be welcomed. There will be the levy going to the Department and the pig industry also subscribes to Bord Bia. How do we utilise this money? Animal Health Ireland, AHI, has some schemes in the cattle sector. One scheme related to the eradication of bovine viral diarrhoea, BVD. A timeframe was put on that but the target has not been achieved. What are the targets for this levy? Is there a timeframe? Will it be ongoing? I know the Minister appointed Dr. Carla Gomes, who has good experience. Is there a timeframe for this levy?