14m litres given to dairy entrants
Seventy-three farmers have been allocated a total of 14m litres of milk quota under the New Entrants Scheme, the Department of Agriculture has confirmed.
Forty-one applicants who had not previously held quota will each receive allocations of 200,000 litres.
The remaining 32 successful applicants, who had previously purchased quota as new entrants under the milk quota trading scheme, will receive allocations of 181,250 litres.
"I am delighted to again be in a position this year to help a significant number of new entrants to take their first steps towards what I hope will be successful careers in dairying," said Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith.
"New entrants are vital to the future of the dairy sector, and it is greatly encouraging to see not only a high level of interest in the scheme, but also the impressively high calibre of the applicants."
A total of 111 applications under both categories (58 'brand new' entrants and 53 'trading scheme' applicants) were received this year.
All recipients have until April 1, 2012, to start production, and all will be required to attend training courses facilitated by Teagasc and to provide financial statements on an annual basis to the Department.