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Ending milk quotas has left farmers vulnerable – Ferris

18 August, 2015 - by Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD, has voiced his concern over the effects of ending milk quotas and has highlighted the importance of supports becoming available for farmers who are struggling due to falling prices.

Deputy Ferris said:

“Despite the government praising the end of milk quotas earlier this year, many farmers are now in a vulnerable financial position due to falling prices. Milk quotas are needed to ensure that the farmers have a maximum return for their produce.

 “Dairy farmers had been encouraged by the government to invest in their herds and machinery in advance of the ending of the quotas. As their incomes are now falling, as well as some farmers being hit with the super levy, it is vital that banks show flexibility in repayments until such time that milk prices recover.

“We are calling for support mechanisms in Europe to become available. Minister Coveney must intervene on behalf of dairy farmers and make sure intervention prices are sufficient to prevent them from going under.”

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