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EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan initiated the EU milk reduction scheme
EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan initiated the EU milk reduction scheme

In Ireland, 375 farmers submitted payment application forms for phase 2 of the European Commission’s milk reduction scheme receiving a total amount of over €80,000. Phase 2 covered the period November 2016 to January 2017. The low level of funding allocated to phase 2 is because the majority of the budget for the initiative was used up in phase 1, with Irish farmers receiving €6.5 million for the period from October to December 2016.

Across the EU, 48, 288 farmers submitted payment applications for phase 1 and 2. This equates to a total reduction of 860,000 tonnes eligible for payment at 14c/kg (This is 20% below the planned reduction amount). As a result, at least €30 million out of the original budget of €150 million will return to the general EU budget.

Eamonn Farrell

Agri Food Policy Executive

Tags: Commissioner Hogan, Voluntary Supply Management Scheme