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Coughlan announces arrangements for Milk Quota Lessors

The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan T.D., today announced the position for certain quota holders in relation to the Scheme of Quota Transfers for the 2007/8 milk quota year.

The Minister said that the consultation process with the stakeholders in relation to the new scheme was under way and she wished to clarify an issue which had emerged in relation to the position of persons who had been the lessors of land and quota where the leases expired on 31st March 2006. The Minister said that these quota holders would be permitted to sell the milk quota into the 2007 Scheme, even where no deliveries are made this year. She also confirmed that as announced previously persons who ceased milk production in the 2005/6 milk quota year and who do not make any deliveries this year, will be allowed to sell their quota into the new 2007 Scheme.

The Minister pointed out that she had already facilitated continuity of production by lessees where leases are not renewed or the quota brought out on expiry by providing special priority for them in this year's Temporary Leasing Scheme. Such lessees can temporary lease up to 80% of the leased amount from this year's scheme.

The Minister concluded by saying that the new quota trading arrangements for 2007, including the conditions that will apply to both sales and purchases, are currently under discussion with the stakeholders.

She said these consultations were progressing and should allow adequate time for the new system to be in place sufficiently in advance of the new quota year.

7 June, 2006

Date Released: 07 June 2006