Wednesday, 22 April 2015
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
76. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will ensure that farmers who have made applications to the national reserve will be corresponded with to provide them with an opportunity to provide his Department with any outstanding documentation or items not included or satisfactorily completed in their application; if he will ensure that incomplete applications are not automatically disqualified without providing the applicants with an opportunity to amend their application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15934/15]
The National Reserve opened for applications under the two priority categories of Young Farmer and New Entrant on 5thJanuary 2015 and the closing date for receipt of applications under these categories was 31stMarch 2015. Phase 2 of the National Reserve launched on 1stApril and will have the same closing date as the Basic Payment Scheme. Applications under the National Reserve will be processed and assessed for eligibility by reference to the Scheme Terms and Conditions. Where outstanding documentation or further information in support of an application is required my Department will be in direct contact with applicants with a view to resolving any outstanding issues.