Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Department of Agriculture, Marine and Food
Question 449: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when REP scheme payment will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cavan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3470/11]
An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 15 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 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.
My Department has requested the applicant's agent to make amendments to the application. The application will be processed once the amended application is received.
The file is currently under examination following a field inspection and my officials will be in contact with the person named when this examination is complete.
Question 453: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food further to Parliamentary Question No. 396 of 18 January 2011, the reason payment has not issued to a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3602/11]
The person named registered twenty-three animals under the 2009 Suckler Welfare Scheme. This holding was transferred during 2009 from father to son. Payment has issued in respect of eight animals, and a further animal has been processed for payment, which will issue shortly. One animal was not eligible for payment as it was a twin, and the remaining thirteen animals have been deleted as ineligible as the animals were sold prior to the required measures being carried out. Of the thirteen animals, which are ineligible, six animals were sold in the livestock mart and a further six animals were transferred to another family member. These animals were not transferred to the person, who took over the herd number, and participated in the Suckler Welfare Scheme. Finally, the remaining animal was sold to a third party.