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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Agri-Environment Options Scheme Payments

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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173. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their agri-environment option scheme payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53444/13]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from the 1st November 2010 and full payments have issued in respect of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Scheme years.

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must be completed before any payment can issue. The checking process in respect of the 2013 Scheme year has been successfully completed and 75% payment will issue shortly to the person named. I expect that the balancing 25% payment will follow shortly after.

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