Wednesday, 3 December 2003
Dáil Eireann Debate
93. Mr. O'Dowd asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the number of farmers who received milk quota under the milk rights group in December 2002 from the 7.2 million gallon allocation; the numbers by county; if this milk comes under the remit of the Fischler proposals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29236/03]
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): During the 2002-03 milk quota year I put in place a scheme for the allocation of the balance of the Agenda 2000 milk quota to certain categories of small and medium scale milk producers who satisfied certain defined criteria. A quantity of 32 million litres, 7 million gallons, was made available for allocation under this scheme and almost 27 million litres of this was allocated in November 2002. The remaining 5 million litres was allocated in June 2003, following an appeals procedure. In total, over 6,400 applications were received and of these 1,744 satisfied the conditions of the scheme and received a quota allocation. I am forwarding a schedule of the breakdown by county, based on applicants herd numbers, to the Deputy.
Under the mid-term review agreement, the total milk quota on which the dairy premium may be paid is limited to the level of the national quota for the year 1999-2000. No premium is payable in respect of quantities in addition to that, such as those allocated to Ireland under Agenda 2000.
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