Tuesday, 24 February 2004
Dáil Eireann Debate
224. Mr. Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare, retiring from dairying on health grounds may assign part or all of their milk quota to a portion of land that they propose to sell. [5926/04]
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): I understand an application was received in my Department from the named person for a certificate of entitlement to transfer milk quota. This application sought to assign the entire transferable element of the milk quota on the sale by him of a part of his lands. Milk quota attaches equally to all the lands used in the dairying enterprise in the reference year. When part of a holding is to be sold it is essential that the Department is assured as to what parts of the holding were dairying lands in the reference year so that the amount of quota attaching to the lands in sale can be calculated for the purpose of the certificate.
In view of the information provided to date on the use of the other lands owned during the reference year, my Department wrote to the applicant proposing that a proportionate amount of the quota, rather than the entire quota, would be attached to the lands in sale and seeking observations in the matter. No reply has yet been received from the applicant but the matter will be fully considered on receipt of such a reply.
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