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Milk Quota allocated to 73 new entrants to Dairying - Smith announces allocation of 14 million litres under 2010 New Entrants Scheme

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, today announced that 73 new entrants to dairying have been allocated milk quota under the New Entrants Scheme that he announced in February. Of this total, 41 'brand new' entrants, who had not previously held quota, will each receive allocations of 200,000 litres. The remaining 32 successful applicants, who had previously purchased quota as new entrants under the Milk Quota Trading Scheme, will each receive allocations of 181,250 litres.

The Minister said: "I am delighted to again be in a position this year to help a significant number of new entrants to take their first steps towards what I hope will be successful careers in dairying. New entrants are vital to the future of the dairy sector, and it is greatly encouraging to see not only a high level of interest in the Scheme, but also the impressively high calibre of the applicants. The feedback from the assessment group has again been extremely positive, and I believe all of the successful applicants have a genuine future in dairying. There is no doubt that this in turn augurs well for the future of the sector."

Summarising the outcome of the Scheme, the Minister explained that a total of 111 applications under both categories (58 'brand new' entrants and 53 'Trading Scheme' applicants) was received by the closing date of 9 April 2010. Of these, 15 were not considered because the applicants did not submit a business plan or did not have the required educational qualifications. A further 14 were ineligible because, in the case of 'brand new' applicants, one had already commenced milk supply, and in the case of 'Trading Scheme' applicants, 13 had not originally received quota as new entrants. The remaining 82 applications were considered by the independent assessment group, chaired by Mr. John Tyrrell, Director General of ICOS, and 73 were identified as worthy of quota allocations.

All recipients have until 1 April 2012 to commence production, and all will be required to attend training courses facilitated by Teagasc and to provide financial statements on an annual basis to the Department.

The Minister concluded by thanking all of those who participated in the Scheme, and wished all of the successful applicants well in their future endeavours.

Date Released: 31 May 2010