THE abolition of milk quotas next year will trigger the greatest level of jobs creation within the Irish agri-food sector for a generation, the National Dairy Council has said.
Soaring milk production, processing and exports could create up to 15,000 new jobs over the next decade with potential new exports and sales worth up to €1.3bn.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny will lay the foundation stone today for Dairygold's new milk processing plant in Mallow which is specifically geared towards exploiting the potential offered by the EU's abolition of milk quotas next year.
Mr Kenny will also officially open a new Irish Dairy Board (IBB) Kerrygold facility at Castlefarm in Mitchelstown.
The combined €117m investment in the two facilities will create more than 115 new jobs - bringing to over 400 the new jobs confirmed for Cork in the space of a week. Dairy exports are already valued at over €3bn.