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Milk Quota

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 10 June 2010

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Questions (73)

Michael Creed

Question:

73 Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the number of applicants under the new entrants to dairying scheme as recently administered by his Department; the number of successful applicants for new entrants to dairying; the number of successful applicants for additional milk quota; the number of applicants identified as eligible under Category B in respect of this section of the scheme; the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork was not approved for additional quota; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24948/10]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

I recently announced the results of the Scheme for New Entrants to Dairying. In this Scheme applications were invited under 2 categories; Category A was for brand new entrants — those who had not previously held quota and, Category B — was for existing quota holders — those who had previously purchased quota as a New Entrant under a Milk Quota Trading Scheme. A total of 58 applications to Category A and 53 applications to Category B were received by the closing date of 9 April 2010, giving an overall total of 111 applications to the Scheme.

Of the 111 applications, 73 were successful, with 41 applicants in Category A being awarded 200,000 litres each and 32 applicants in Category B being awarded 181,250 each. The selection process for the Scheme involves the assessment of a business plan by an independent panel of experts. In the case of the named person, the panel did not consider that the application merited selection under this process.

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