Dairymen pay less super-levy
EUROPES dairy farmers have been presented with a super-levy bill of k289m (£179m) for the last milk year – significantly less than the k380m (£236m) they paid in 1999/2000.
According to a Brussels statement, eight member states exceeded their wholesale quotas in 2000/01. The biggest overshoot was in Italy, which went 400,000t (4%) over target and faces a bill of k142m (£88m).
Germany and Austria were also significantly over quota at 251,000t (1%) and 102,000t (4%) respectively, generating levy dues of k89m (£55m) and k36m (£22m).
But after taking into account the unused quota in the seven other member states – including the 281,000t shortfall in the UK – the net surplus only amounted to 40,000t out of a total EU quota of 117m tonnes.
In the 1999/2000 milk year the net surplus came to 1m tonnes, with 12 of the EUs 15 member states facing super-levy bills. *