Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
488. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the additional supports, including funding, he will make available to ensure the viability of the knackery industry in view of the severe financial difficulties being experienced as reported by an organisation (details supplied); if the fallen animal scheme will be reviewed; his views on whether the introduction of limits on transportation distances in 2013 has led to increased rendering costs by plants and less competition; the annual funding under the scheme for the period 2013 to 2019, in tabular form; the annual drawdown in funding; and the number of recipients annually by county. [37314/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 488 and 519 together.
Discussions have taken place between the Animal Collectors Association and my Department officials on the animal collection service.
Following those intensive discussions, agreement has been reached that enables the collection of fallen animals from the 17thSeptember. Continued animal collection will be contingent on written correspondence from my Department to the ACA on the agreement reached at the meeting.
Further discussions between my Department and the ACA are planned to progress issues relating to supports for the animal collection service.