May 302016
 

The Chairperson of the ICMSA Dairy Committee has urged the new Minister of Agriculture, Food & the Marine to seek a concession from the EU in the form of a deferral of the repayments being currently made by Irish farmers who incurred super levy fines in the period running up to quota abolition. Gerald Quain said that dairy farmers all over the state had been left “reeling” by the reduced size of their April milk cheques and already precarious financial situations were being compounded by  the deductions being made for Super Levy fines.  He said that 3,741 farmers were repaying €35.6 million and in a context where farm milk price had now  been below the cost of production for nearly  a full  year, it was an extraordinary and punitive measure to continue making the deductions from already very hard pressed milk suppliers.

The ICMSA spokesperson said that it was important to note that farmers were not seeking to  have the fines ‘written off’ – though that too was worth consideration. They merely asked for  the repayments to be deferred or re-scheduled till their milk price recovered and their present critical financial situation was alleviated. Mr Quain said that it was not a lot to ask of the Commission, particularly given the fact that that body’s inability and unwillingness to regulate fairness into  the diary supply-chain was one of the principle reasons why dairy farmers all over the EU are  facing income wipe-outs.

Ends        30  May 2016.

Gerald Quain, 086-3623041

Chairperson,  ICMSA Dairy Committtee

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Cathal  MacCarthy, 087-6168758

ICMSA Press Office