Written Answers. - Milk Quota.

Wednesday, 3 December 2003

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 576 No. 2

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  93.  Mr. O'Dowd  Information on Fergus O'Dowd  Zoom on Fergus O'Dowd   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   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]

[535]Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe 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.

Question No. 94 answered with Question No. 65.


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