Written answers

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Applications

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of persons who have applied for a derogation under the stocking density rules of the disadvantaged area scheme 2012; the number who have been granted a derogation; the number refused and the number of outstanding appeals still to be dealt with; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57737/12]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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My Department received 9,635 applications from farmers seeking a derogation from the requirement under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme that the minimum stocking density on the holding should be 0.3 livestock units per hectare or higher in respect of 2011. These applications have been fully processed and 6,763 applications were successful, 2,342 were rejected and additional information was sought from 530 applicants. The applicants, who were rejected, were informed of their entitlement to appeal their case to the Independent Disadvantaged Areas Appeals Committee. Appeals were received from 1,426 applicants and 657 of there are fully processed. The remaining applications will be processed as quickly as possible.


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