Written answers

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Single Payment Scheme Applications

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal South West, Sinn Fein)
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100. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to explain the reason for the delay in processing a payment under the single farm payment and disadvantaged area scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46684/14]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The person named submitted a 2014 Single Farm Payment/Disadvantaged Areas’ scheme application on 15 May 2014. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and comprehensive administrative checks, including in some cases Remote Sensing (i.e. satellite) inspections, be completed before any payments issue. The EU Regulations also require that where it is not possible to make an accurate determination on the eligibility of a parcel or parcels of land by means of an assessment of the available satellite imagery, a field inspection must be undertaken to verify the eligibility of the land.

The application of the person named was selected for a Remote Sensing inspection. Initial processing of this inspection identified a requirement to verify the eligibility of land declared by means of a field inspection. On completion of this inspection the results will be finalised with the intention of issuing any payment due as soon as possible. In the event that any queries arise officials in my Department will be in contact with the person named.


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