ICMSA calls for clarity on milk crisis fund
The ICMSA has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, to clarify whether or not farmers must join the Voluntary Milk Supply Reduction Scheme to be eligible for the €11m Crisis Fund.
Although a spokesman for the Department of Agriculture insisted the two schemes were separate initiatives, ICMSA president John Comer said the rules of Crisis Fund explicitly linked it with the Milk Supply Reduction Scheme.
Mr Comer pointed out that to be eligible for the €11m fund, Member States had to ensure that farmer applicants met one or more of a list of criteria that included:
Participating in Voluntary Milk Supply Reduction Scheme;
Farming at a small scale;
Engaging in extensive production methods;
Being involved in a quality scheme;
Training in financial instruments and risk management tools.