Dáil debates

Thursday, 22 November 2007

3:00 pm

Photo of Trevor SargentTrevor Sargent (Minister of State with special responsibility for Food and Horticulture, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Dublin North, Green Party)

Under the National Development Plan 2000-06, my Department operated a grant aid scheme for the development of commercial horticulture including the mushroom sector. Over the period 2000-06 a total of €5.01 million was paid to 190 mushroom growers. The following schedule shows the breakdown per county to mushroom growers for the period of the National Development Plan 2000-06.

CountyNo of ApplicantsTotal Grant Aid Paid
Carlow5134,853
Cavan451,019,515
Clare116,399
Cork19,939
Donegal13198,212
Dublin368,969
Galway423,338
Kildare9163,832
Kilkenny17,535
Laois15,777
Leitrim367,089
Longford226,665
Louth19,999
Mayo15733,683
Meath4252,663
Monaghan341,251,240
Offaly28,399
Roscommon2134,854
Sligo111,852
Tipperary23557,644
Waterford154,407
Westmeath978,676
Wexford762,154
Wicklow3112,721
Total1905,010,415

It is clear there is a considerable difference between counties. Deputy Crawford's area of Cavan-Monaghan received a great deal, whereas my area and that of Deputy Sherlock received much less. The grant aid is not consistent across all counties.

The European Commission has recently approved, under the State aid guidelines, the new NDP scheme of investment aid for the development of the commercial horticulture sector and applications are awaited at present. The closing date for receipt of applications under this scheme is 30 November 2007.

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