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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Agri-Environment Options Scheme Payments

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry South, Fine Gael)
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To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a decision is due on an agri environment options scheme payment for 2012 in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57426/12]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The person named was approved for participation in the 2011 Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from the 1st September 2011 and full payment totalling €338.07 issued in respect of 2011.

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must be completed before any payment can issue.

Payments in respect of the 2012 Scheme year are subject to a similar administrative checking process which includes verification of capital investment through checks on receipts. These checks are under way and once successfully completed I expect 2012 payment to issue to the person named.


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