Written answers

Thursday, 11 May 2006

Department of Agriculture and Food

Grant Payments

4:00 pm

Photo of Ned O'KeeffeNed O'Keeffe (Cork East, Fianna Fail)
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Question 138: To ask the Minister for Agriculture and Food the position regarding the payment of the EU single farm payment due to a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [17731/06]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Minister, Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs; Minister, Department of Agriculture and Food; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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As indicated in my reply of 16 February 2006 to the Deputy's previous question on this case, an official from my Department was in direct contact with the person named and, following receipt of evidence which confirmed that the application had been submitted on time, I am now satisfied that an application under the 2005 Single Payment Scheme may be deemed to have been received within the time frame allowed. This application is, therefore, now being processed with a view to payment issuing shortly.

Photo of Gerard MurphyGerard Murphy (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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Question 139: To ask the Minister for Agriculture and Food if his Department awarded area aid payment to a person (details supplied) in County Cork for 2003 and 2004; the amount which was awarded; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17758/06]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Minister, Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs; Minister, Department of Agriculture and Food; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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The eligibility for Extensification Premium is dependent on an applicant's stocking density level being less than 1.8 Livestock Units per hectare.

The person named received payment in respect of Extensification Premium 2004 at the high rate of €80 per animal applied on based on a stocking density level of 1.2837 animals per hectare. A payment of €2,800.00 issued on 25 May 2005, in respect of 25 Suckler Cows and 11 Special Beef animals.

As the stocking density level of the person named in 2003 was 1.9384 Livestock Units per hectare, the person named therefore did not qualify for payment. Under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme, the person named was paid in full in both 2003 and 2004, the amounts being €2,657.26 and €3,993.38, respectively.

Photo of Gerard MurphyGerard Murphy (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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Question 140: To ask the Minister for Agriculture and Food if all moneys due to a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be awarded; the amount of moneys to be awarded; and if there is a hold up with the contract clause side of payment. [17759/06]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Minister, Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs; Minister, Department of Agriculture and Food; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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An application under the Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 16 May 2005 and payment of €9,674.57 in respect of the consolidated and transferred entitlements issued on 1 December 2005. However, as the Dairy Premium element of the Single Payment was not included, a further payment of €3,514.58 is due to the person named and will issue shortly.

Photo of M J NolanM J Nolan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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Question 141: To ask the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a transfer in a herd number will be completed for persons (details supplied) in County Carlow. [17760/06]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Minister, Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs; Minister, Department of Agriculture and Food; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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Transfer of the herd number to the persons referred to by the Deputy was approved on 15 May 2005 and they were advised of this in writing at that time. The persons named applied for payment under the Inheritance measure of the Single Payment Scheme. They were notified on 10 May that their application was successful and payment will issue shortly.

Photo of Denis NaughtenDenis Naughten (Longford-Roscommon, Fine Gael)
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Question 142: To ask the Minister for Agriculture and Food the reason for the delay in issuing a single farm payment to a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17800/06]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Minister, Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs; Minister, Department of Agriculture and Food; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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The person named initially applied under the Inheritance measure of the Single Payment Scheme. In processing this application, it became apparent that the transfer was appropriate to the Private Contract Clause procedure. A PCC application to transfer in entitlements under the 2005 Single Payment Scheme was subsequently received from the person named. The application has now been successfully processed, and payment will issue shortly.

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