Fast-track superlevy deal: IFA
Farmers have demanded fast-tracking of the three-year superlevy scheme to ease the 'intolerable' pressures on cash-flow for over quota suppliers.
Six-figure superlevy fines of up to €250,000 have emerged as the full extent of Ireland's €69m penalty hit home last week.
With only 5m litres in fleximilk available, suppliers to all but one co-op have been hit with bills averaging over €14,000 in some regions.
Town of Monaghan's suppliers were the only ones have been lucky enough to escape a superlevy this year, while both Lakeland Dairies and Kerry expect their over-quota suppliers to be hit with average fines of more than €14,000 each.
Within co-ops fines range from a few hundred euro to well over €100,000 per supplier.
Lakeland have informed category one suppliers with less than 350,000 litres of quota that they will benefit from up to 55,000 litres of fleximilk. Category two suppliers with quotas bigger than 350,000 received nearly 9,000 litres of fleximilk. They finished up 5.1pc, or 24.4m litres over quota, equating to fines of €6.9m spread across 480 suppliers.
While they have already paid farmers under quota any superlevy monies withheld, it has informed its over-quota suppliers that they will not be receiving any refund on superlevy deductions until contracts are signed with Department of Agriculture.
The IFA has since called on the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, to fast-track the implementation of the three-year superlevy payment scheme.