Written answers

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Agriculture Schemes Eligibility

Photo of Seán FlemingSeán Fleming (Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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239. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if farmers with grazing rights on lands where the fee simple of the lands in question is owned by the National Parks and Wildlife Services under an 1987 order are entitled to a single farm payment and disadvantaged area scheme payments where they have being grazing this land for a continuous basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47265/14]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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Where grazing rights are detailed as an appurtenance on the folio of the grazer and as a burden on the folio of the fee simple owner, they may be eligible for Single Farm Payment and under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme, in general, providing the lands on which the grazing rights are over, are eligible under the Terms & Conditions of those schemes. The land in question must be eligible for payment and have a grazing activity on it. In addition, the relevant appurtenant lands must also be declared as part of applicants’ Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application. If the Deputy has a specific case in mind I will arrange to have it examined by my Department.


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