Commissioner Hogan made the comments during an interview with Rose O'Donovan of Agra-Facts, where he referenced outgoing Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney's assertion that Irish dairy farmers would not be availing of the voluntary supply reduction measure announced at the Council of EU agriculture ministers on 14 March.

This new measure, which has yet to be formalised by the Commission, will allow countries to pay farmers out of their own domestic budgets to produce less milk in an attempt to rebalance market supply and demand.