Written answers

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Department of Agriculture and Food

Grant Payments

9:00 am

Photo of Ned O'KeeffeNed O'Keeffe (Cork East, Fianna Fail)
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Question 347: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will expedite a payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [42408/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 12 May 2010. The advance payment under the Single Payment Scheme issued on the 18 October 2010 on the basis of the land cleared at that stage. While a number of parcels listed on the application required re-digitisation, as this process is now complete, full payment in respect of the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme will also issue shortly. The balancing payments under the Single Payment Scheme are scheduled to commence issuing as and from 1 December.

Photo of John O'MahonyJohn O'Mahony (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Question 348: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their area aid payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42409/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 10 May 2010.

This application was selected for and was the subject of a Ground Eligibility and Animal Identification Inspection.

The inspection process is complete and the results are now being processed.

Under EU regulations governing the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme and the Single Payments Scheme all Ground Eligibility Inspections must be completed before any payment can issue to any applicant under either scheme, including those not selected for a Ground Eligibility Inspection.

In the vast majority of cases that were inspected amendments have had to be made to the maps in order that the Land Parcel Identification System that is used for making payments to farmers is kept up-to-date. Processing of these changes is continuing with priority being given to applications that were the subject of a Ground Eligibility Inspection.

Photo of John O'MahonyJohn O'Mahony (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Question 349: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their cow suckler payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42410/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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The person named registered 18 animals under the 2009 Suckler Welfare Scheme.

Payment issued for 16 of these animals early 2010 and errors have been identified with the remaining two animals. A letter has issued to the person named outlining the position in respect of these two animals and a response is awaited.

Photo of John O'MahonyJohn O'Mahony (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Question 350: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their area aid payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42412/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 12 May 2010. While there were a number of land parcels declared on the application that required re-digitisation, as this is now completed, the application is fully clear for payment and, as a result, the advance of the Single Payment issued yesterday, with full payment under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme due to issue in the coming days. The balancing payments under the Single Payment Scheme are scheduled to commence issuing as and from 1 December.

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