Written answers

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Forestry Premium Payments

Photo of Áine CollinsÁine Collins (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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337. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding forestry payments to a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [33213/15]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The plantation in question was planted in April 2008 and the sixth annual forestry premium was paid to the applicant in April 2013. The second instalment of the establishment grant, which can be claimed four years after completion of the plantation once the Department is satisfied that the plantation has been properly established. It is Department policy not to pay beyond the sixth premium until the second instalment of the establishment grant is paid. The applicant was notified of this in writing in June 2012 and April 2015. A form to claim the second instalment of the grant (Form 3) was sent to the applicant in June 2012 and a reminder letter regarding the outstanding Form 3 was then sent to the applicant in April 2015. The Form 3 was finally submitted to Department in August 2015. The application will now be processed. This involves a full check of the file, the mapping and the plantation and an on-site inspection may also take place. The applicant will be notified when the application has been fully processed.

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