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Minister Smith Welcomes EU Support For Irish Pig Industry

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, welcomed the decision, taken at today's EU Animal Products Management Committee, to support the Irish pig industry.

The aid to private storage scheme, which applies specifically to Ireland, has a potential value of €15 million. It will support the temporary storage of meat for up to six months. The amount of aid for this private storage is differentiated according to the type of product and period of storage with a maximum figure of €464 per tonne.

The Minister said that the measure provides tangible recognition of goodwill from the EU Commission and other EU Member States for Ireland's pig sector at this important time. Minister Smith said that, following on from the agreement with the pig processors last night, this aid to private storage scheme is an important support measure that will allow the industry appropriate breathing space in view of the difficulties that may arise in the coming months.

Date Released: 11 December 2008