Offaly farmers not going to pay ‘on the double’

Offaly IFA Dairy Committee Chairman Fergal O’Sullivan has welcomed the meeting between the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and the Irish Dairy Board. He said the issue of a dairy promotion levy should be sorted out between the Minister and the IDB.

Offaly IFA Dairy Committee Chairman Fergal O’Sullivan has welcomed the meeting between the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and the Irish Dairy Board. He said the issue of a dairy promotion levy should be sorted out between the Minister and the IDB.

Mr O’Sullivan reiterated the view of dairy farmers, who already pay a marketing levy to the IDB, that they are not going to pay on the double.

“The Irish Dairy Board need to convince the Minister that they are directing the farmers’ levy and co-op resources to preparing the ground to capitalise fully on the milk expansion post-2015,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“Whatever the outcome, dairy farmers are absolutely clear they cannot afford, and will not pay two marketing levies,” he concluded.