A decrease in the milk super-levy for the current and next quota years is now being sought by Fianna Fáil.
The party’s agricultural spokesperson Éamon Ó Cuív TD, said Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney needs to negotiate with his European Union partners for the super levy fine to be reduced progressively for these years.
“In view of the abolition of milk quotas in 2015, it is reasonable to ask that a transition period should be established where quota restrictions would be eased and a reduced super-levy would be charged to farmers who have excess production.
“It is farcical to think that Ireland could face a very large super-levy fine in 2013/14 and similarly in 2014/15 and then on Apr 1, 2015, there will be no restriction on milk production. This sudden abrupt change in policy will not lead to an orderly transition,” he warned.
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