New entrant quota and training plan for dairying
Almost €1m has been allocated to the training of new entrants into the dairy sector over the coming five years.
Billed as the Cash Plan 2014 programme, farmers that started milking after April 1 2008 will be entitled to training on financial management.
The course will be delivered through dairy discussion group facilitators.
The minister has also created a loophole to allow farmers who begin calving the first of their cows before the end of quotas in April 2015 to supply milk to their local co-ops.
In order to allow dairy processors to accept their milk, the minister is planning to grant a nominal milk quota allocation of 100l to such new entrants.
The operational details of the allocation will be released soon, but it will only be open to those who can demonstrate a supply agreement with a registered milk purchaser.
"This ensures that they are not at a perpetual disadvantage with regard to their breeding plans for future years," said Minister Coveney.
Another feature of Minister Coveney's €100m knowledge transfer fund is an annual payment of €750 to every farmer that joins a discussion group from next year.