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Milk Quota

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 10 June 2010

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Questions (73)

Michael Creed


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.