Written answers

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Department of Agriculture and Food

Grant Payments

10:00 am

Photo of Phil HoganPhil Hogan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
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Question 310: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a single farm payment will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47156/10]

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 22 April 2010. During the validation of the application, an over-claim was identified in respect of one land parcel as well as three parcels with forestry dual claims. These matters have now been resolved following correspondence between the person named and my Department. However, one further land parcel listed on the application of the person named required re-digitisation; immediately this process is complete, provided no errors are identified, the application will be further processed.

Photo of Phil HoganPhil Hogan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
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Question 311: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a single farm payment will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47172/10]

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 was received from the person named on 10 May 2010. Under EU Regulations, applicants, who afforest part of their holding from 2009 onwards and wish to benefit from the Single Payment, are required to retain at least 10% of the eligible hectares declared in 2008 (by the applicant or their predecessor) in an agricultural activity, subject to a minimum of 3 hectares. This requirement was clearly specified in the Scheme Terms and Conditions.

Under the 2010 Scheme, the person named declared 0.71 eligible hectares, the remaining lands declared comprising Forestry. Consequently, no 2010 Single Payment is payable to the person named.

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