Written answers

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Department of Agriculture and Food

Grant Payments

10:00 am

Photo of Ulick BurkeUlick Burke (Galway East, Fine Gael)
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Question 280: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Galway will receive the outstanding amount of grants due to them under the single payment area aid; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46896/10]

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 10 May 2010. However a number of the land parcels listed on the application required digitisation. An advance payment under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme issued to the person named on 21 September and an advance payment under Single Payment Scheme issued on 18 October in respect of the clear eligible area. A balancing payment under Single Payment Scheme issued on 1 December based on the clear eligible area.

An official from my Department has made direct contact with the person named in relation to a mapping issue that arose during the processing of the application. The applicant is submitting a map to enable my Department resolve this outstanding query.

Immediately this process is complete, provided no further errors are identified, the application will be processed in full with a view to payments due issuing shortly thereafter.

Photo of Ulick BurkeUlick Burke (Galway East, Fine Gael)
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Question 281: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Galway will receive their single farm payment; if the necessary adjustments have been made to the digitised maps so that payment can be made to the approved area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46897/10]

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 14 May 2010.

This application was selected for a Ground Eligibility and Animal Identification Inspection. The inspection process is complete and the results have now been processed.

During the course of the Ground Eligibility inspection discrepancies were found with the following parcels G29626023 and G29637024. Inadequate deductions were made for scrub and swamp/bog was found in parcel G29828016. This resulted in the claimed area of 18.77ha being reduced to 11.69ha. As there is an over declaration of over 20% no payment will be made under the Single Payment Scheme/ Disadvantaged Area Scheme for the year in question.

A formal decision issued to the person named on 1 October 2010 that advised him of his right to seek a review of the decision within 21 days to the District Inspector and of his right to appeal the outcome of any such review to the Independent Agriculture Appeals Office.

Photo of John DeasyJohn Deasy (Waterford, Fine Gael)
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Question 282: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason for the delay in issuing payment of single farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; if he will ensure that an advance payment is expedited to prevent any financial hardship; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46899/10]

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 17 May 2010. This application was selected for and was the subject of a Ground Eligibility and Full Cross Compliance Inspection. The inspection process is complete and the results are now being processed.

Under EU regulations governing the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme and the Single Payment 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.

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