Wednesday, 4 February 2004

Ceisteanna (142)

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

233 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the reason a person (details supplied) in County Wexford was not eligible for additional milk quota; the options now available to them; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3259/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Agriculture and Food)

In 2002 the father of the person named applied for additional milk quota under the 32 million litre scheme in the animal disease category. Applicants in this category were required to prove that more than 10% of the dairy herd was lost due to certain diseases in 1978, 1979 or 1980 and that milk deliveries in any of the years 1978, 1979 or 1980 were higher than the sum of initial 1984 quota allocation plus any allocations from the national reserve. As there was no evidence in this case that the deliveries exceeded that level in any of the years concerned, the applicant was not eligible for an allocation. In 2003, an appeal was received in this case but it did not provide sufficient additional evidence to show that the relevant conditions for an allocation were met and therefore it was not successful.

Allocations of milk quota from the national reserve are granted on the basis of recommendations from the Milk Quota Appeals Tribunal. The tribunal is a body established to consider and advise on applications for additional quota from individual producers who have suffered severe hardship in the context of the milk quota system. While it is now too late to make an application in respect of the current quota year an application may be made for the 2004-05 quota year when the application forms become available in the autumn.