Agriculture Secretary Charlie McConalogue said the Department of Agriculture has no proposal to reintroduce quotas or limits on dairy production.
Speaking today, after last night’s meeting of the Dairy Vision Group, the Minister – who did not participate in the meeting – said that “although there is nothing worth discussing but similarly, the Ministry has absolutely no specific proposals that have been proposed. determined by the Department. ”
It is understood that at last night’s meeting, a presentation was made outlining possible measures around limiting cow numbers or milk volume.
“It is certainly not the case that my Department has any proposals to reintroduce quotas or restrictions on dairy production. There are no predetermined outcomes involved and I have tasked the Commission with reflecting on the challenges facing the industry and reporting to me once they have considered all options.
“Although there is nothing to discuss, similarly, absolutely no specific proposals have been identified by the Ministry. This is an industry-leading group of people who make up our all-important dairy sector; The farmers, collaborators, processors, Department officials and scientists led by Professor Gerry Boyle are highly qualified and highly qualified. I trust this committee to produce a complete and well-thought-out options paper in due time. “
However, farm organizations reacted angrily after the meeting.
IFA President Tim Cullinan said: “I want to be clear that IFA will not accept the imposition of quotas of any kind on any sector.
“Over the weekend we had the Minister call for a ‘wartime effort’ to produce more food. Now he wants to limit production. It’s a complete contradiction,” he said.
“What the Department makes has no legal basis. IFA will challenge any attempt by the Government to impose quotas on our sector,” he said.
“The previous quota system was an EU-wide regime. Any attempt to impose quotas in Ireland would be inconsistent with the principles of the EU Single Market”.
He said that the Minister must now make it clear and outline when the Department’s model will be implemented and when they come to their preferred choice of quota on the volume of milk produced.
ICMSA President Pat McCormack said there were “no circumstances” under which ICMSA would agree to limit the volume of milk produced in Ireland.
He said that the entire multi-billion euro area was based on recent comments by both Professors Boyle and Tanaiste Varadkar confirming that no such restrictions are being considered, but these opinions directly opposed the proposals made by the Ministry at yesterday’s meeting.
John Keane, Macra Country President, said: “It is disconcerting to think that the Department is considering reintroducing quotas that will slow down generational innovation even further, preventing efficiencies from being achieved in this area. and leaves farming families in a vulnerable position,” said John Keane, President of Macra National.
“This atmosphere of uncertainty needs to be cleared up, since news of the model run by the Department of Agriculture, countless farmers have contacted me worried about their future, their investment and their family’s financial stability. The minister must move to reassure these families that production limits or herd restrictions will not be implemented or forced on Irish farming families in any way,” he said.
“Given the growth in global demand for dairy products, the question must be asked who has been identified by the Department of Agriculture as better sustainable dairy producers than Irish farming families?”
https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/dairy/department-does-not-have-proposals-for-re-introduction-of-quotas-or-limits-on-dairy-production-minister-41424977.html The Department does not propose to re-grant quotas and milk production quotas – Minister