New quota should target young farmers

Commenting following a recent meeting on milk quota policy with officials at the Department of Agriculture, Macra na Feirme national president, Catherine Buckley, said that additional milk quota must be targeted at young farmers entering dairying and existing young farmers. Ms Buckley said that the Minister for Agriculture must, in particular, target the proposed increase in national milk quota to young farmers who want to enter dairying, but who are currently unable to do so by traditional routes such as inheritance or partnership. And she said that that the real benefit of quota increases to the industry would only be realised if this approach was taken.