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Ending of milk quotas will have significant impact - Anderson

31 March, 2015 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP has said the ending of milk quotas will have a significant impact on the dairy industry in the North. 

Ms Anderson said; 

"The ending of the milk quotas regime is a significant development for the local dairy industry. 

"It will bring in a new era of increased milk production for local dairy farmers. 

"The decision to end quotas was made in 2003 by the EU Council of Ministers so farmers have had time to plan and prepare for this change to their working arrangements as the industry becomes more market-driven. 

"Dairy farmers will have to adapt to this new challenge and I know agriculture minister Michelle O'Neill will be working closely with the industry to support them during this change. 

"The EU must also move to support Irish dairy farmers by reviewing the current intervention price to ensure producers get a fair deal as we move into the new era." 

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