Written answers

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Agri-Environment Options Scheme Payments

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal South West, Sinn Fein)
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101. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to outline the reason for the delay in processing the remainder of a payment under the agri-environment options scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46685/14]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The person named was approved for participation in the 2012 Agri-Environment Options Scheme (AEOS 3) with effect from 1stMay 2013 and has received 75% payment in respect of the 2013 Scheme year. The person named was selected for a ground inspection which took place on 29thApril 2014. During this inspection, areas of non-compliance with the Terms and Condition of the Scheme were noted in relation to the Species Rich Grassland action which resulted in a penalty being imposed. The person named was informed of the penalty and the appeal options and as no appeal was received, the application was processed for payment on the basis of the inspection findings. The balancing 25% payment (net of penalty) will issue shortly.


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