Cavan farmers to benefit from abolition of milk quotas- O’Reilly TD

Yesterday, April 1st 2015, marked the ending of milk quotas across the European Union, resulting in huge benefits for Irish farmers. Commenting on this news, Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly, said “Yesterday marked a huge day for Irish Agriculture and for Cavan farmers as it brought to end the 31 year quota that had applied to milk production across the European Union.”

“With over 30,000 dairy cows in County Cavan, there is a real opportunity for Cavan Dairy Farmers to increase their production and export worldwide. The Dairy industry is strategically important to County Cavan, with Glanbia and Lakeland Dairies providing much needed employment in the County. It is now time for Cavan’s Dairy production to grow and the Minister has been preparing well for the abolition of the quota by exploring new global markets for our Dairy products. There is huge opportunity in third country markets, with China and Taiwan being two excellent examples.”
“Ireland’s Dairy production was at approximately 5.4 billion litres in 2013, which is roughly the same as it was back in 1984. Over the same time period, production in New Zealand, where they have a grass-based system similar to Ireland’s, has increased from 7.6 billion litres to about 19 billion litres.”

“We have been taking a whole of Government approach to prepare for the post quota era to ensure a smooth transition and to help Irish farmers capitalise. Budget 2015 provided for income averaging over five years when it comes to paying income tax bills, which is hugely beneficial for farmers. The Rural Development Plan prioritises the dairy sector in areas including on-farm investments and knowledge transfer programmes for farmers.”

“The agri-food sector is integral to the Government’s plan to spread the economic recovery and jobs growth to all parts of the country. Today’s abolition of milk quotas will play a huge role in this.”

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Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website