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Tuesday 24 January 2017

Struggling dairymen to get €580 each from EU

Published 23/02/2010 | 05:00

Dairy farmers are to receive an estimated €580 each out of the EU dairy hardship fund.

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Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith confirmed that farmers would not have to submit an application for payment, which will be issued in the next few weeks using the single payment system.

He said the exact amount payable to each farmer would not be known until the data had been processed but it was expected to be around €580 per farmer.

Meanwhile, farmers' groups have called for an increase in milk prices ahead of the peak production period.

ICMSA president Jackie Cahill said the continued weakening of the euro had made a milk price of 25c/l excluding VAT very achievable.

IFA president John Bryan has called on co-ops to increase the milk price by at least 2c/l as farmers could not afford another year of financial losses.

Commended

He was speaking after an IFA organised dairy forum in Co Tipperary, which was attended by representatives of the dairy industry, at which he commended the west Cork co-ops, Bandon, Lisavaird, Barryroe and Drinagh, for taking the first step in the right direction by lifting their January price by 1c/l to around 25c/l including VAT.

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The forum agreed a programme of EU and national action to assist milk prices in 2010, which is now to be pursued with Minister Smith.

"At national and EU level, our minister and his department must deal with the sector's concerns as a matter of urgency, bearing in mind its potential as an indigenous industry which can act as an engine of recovery for the Irish economy," Mr Bryan said.

He said the onus was now on Minister Smith to persuade the new Agriculture Commissioner , Dacian Ciolos, not to release any more intervention stock until market prices were at a sustainable level.

He said the Commissioner also had to adopt a careful stock management and market support policy which included the reinstatement of export refunds without waiting for prices to fall to intervention levels.

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