Written answers

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Department of Agriculture and Food

Grant Payments

5:00 am

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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Question 261: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason for the delay in paying a REPS 4 payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44746/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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The application submitted by the person named is currently being reviewed by my officials. This review is due to be finalised within the next 10 days and my officials will be in contact with the applicant notifying him of the outcome.

Photo of Tom SheahanTom Sheahan (Kerry South, Fine Gael)
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Question 262: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will receive the disadvantaged aid payment and single farm payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44762/10]

Photo of Tom SheahanTom Sheahan (Kerry South, Fine Gael)
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Question 263: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) will receive the disadvantaged aid and single farm payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44763/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 262 and 263 together.

Given that the matters involved are quite complex, in that it concerns a Trust under the Will of the deceased, I have made arrangements for an official of my Department to make direct contact with the persons named with a view to the early resolution of the queries raised.

Photo of Tom SheahanTom Sheahan (Kerry South, Fine Gael)
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Question 264: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) will receive their farm payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44764/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 13 May 2010. A number of parcels listed on the application of the person named required digitisation; immediately this process is complete, provided no errors are identified, the payments due will issue to the person named.

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Question 265: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a transfer of entitlements will be fully processed in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. [44766/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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Two applications were received on 17 May 2010 requesting the transfer of a total of 28.32 Single Payment entitlements to the person named from the person previously registered as owner of the herd-number. Since the person named did not become the registered owner of the herd-number until 5 October 2010 the requested transfer of entitlements will take place for the 2011 scheme year. The parties concerned have been informed accordingly in writing.

Photo of Willie PenroseWillie Penrose (Longford-Westmeath, Labour)
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Question 266: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will expedite the single farm payment and disadvantaged area payments in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44772/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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An application under 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 5 May 2010. The 75% advance payment on the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme, which issued on 21 September 2010 and the 50% advance on the Single Payment Scheme, which issued on 18 October 2010, were both on the basis of the land cleared at that stage, as a number of parcels declared required digitising. While balancing payments are scheduled to commence issuing as and from 1 December, such payments would, in normal circumstances, be confined to those whose applications are fully processed, specifically, where all digitising is finalised.

However, following recent consultation with the EU Commission, agreement was reached whereby, in addition to issuing balancing payments to those farmers whose applications are fully processed and whose maps are fully digitised, payments will also issue to those farmers where some or all of their maps are still to be digitised, with the payment being calculated on the basis of the digitised land confirmed eligible. I am pleased to say that, because of this change, many farmers, including the person named, whose balancing payments would otherwise have been delayed until their digitising is complete, will now receive an interim balancing payment. The position regarding the balancing payments is, therefore, as follows:

From 1 December all applicants will be paid their full balancing payments, where the case is fully processed and clear;

Applicants, whose applications are fully clear, where the only outstanding issue is a non-digitised map(s), will be paid their balancing payment on the clear, digitised area (excluding their non-digitised land), subject to a maximum of 80% of the value of their total Single Payment; these farmers will receive the final instalment of their balancing payment when their maps are re-digitised and their applications are fully clear.

Payments due under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme will also issue on completion of the outstanding digitising.

Photo of Ulick BurkeUlick Burke (Galway East, Fine Gael)
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Question 267: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason there are delays in processing an application for area aid in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44778/10]

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 24 April 2010. This application was selected for and was the subject of a Ground Eligibility and Animal Identification Inspection. The inspection process is completed and the application has now been fully processed. Payment under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme issued on 16 November 2010. The 50% advance payment under the Single Payment Scheme issued on 1 November with balancing payment due on the 1 December.

Photo of Ulick BurkeUlick Burke (Galway East, Fine Gael)
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Question 268: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway has not received their area aid payment [44803/10]

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 11 May 2010. This application was selected for and was the subject of a Ground Eligibility and Full Cross Compliance Inspection. The inspection process is completed and the application has now been fully processed. Payment under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme issued on 23 November 2010. The 50% advance payment under the Single Payment Scheme issued on 24 November with balancing payment due on the 1 December.

Photo of Jimmy DeenihanJimmy Deenihan (Kerry North, Fine Gael)
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Question 269: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when single farm payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44909/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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An application was received on 11 May 2010 requesting the transfer of 10.18 Single Payment entitlements by way of lease from the person named to another farmer. The requested transfer was completed on 25 November 2010 after which the person named holds 4.57 entitlements. Full payment will issue shortly to the person named for 2.18 entitlements based on his declaration of that number of hectares of land.

Photo of Seymour CrawfordSeymour Crawford (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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Question 270: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan will receive their single farm premium; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44912/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 14 May 2010. During the validation of the application, an over-claim was identified in respect of one land parcel, while a number of other parcels required re-digitising. As the matter regarding the over-claim was resolved following correspondence between the person named and my Department and the necessary re-digitising is now complete, the application is being further processed with a view to payments issuing shortly.

Photo of Ulick BurkeUlick Burke (Galway East, Fine Gael)
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Question 271: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Galway will receive their single farm payment and area aid; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44931/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 6 May 2010. The advance payments under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme and the Single Farm Payment issued to the person named on 22 September and 18 October respectively on the clear eligible area, as some of the land parcels declared required re-digitisation. This process is now complete and balancing payments due in respect of the Disadvantaged Area Scheme and the Single Payment Scheme will issue to the applicant very shortly.

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