Written answers

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Basic Payment Scheme Payments

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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302. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding a payment under the area aid scheme for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36181/15]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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An application under the Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme was received from the person named on 24 May 2015. Payment has not yet issued to the person named as, at this stage, the holding concerned has not yet satisfied the Scheme’s minimum stocking density requirements.

Officials in my department have been in contact with the applicant and have requested relevant documentation. Once this documentation is received my officials will correspond with the applicant to advance the application.

Photo of Pat BreenPat Breen (Clare, Fine Gael)
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303. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when payment under the areas of natural constraint scheme will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36206/15]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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An application under the 2015 Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme was received from the person named on 2 May 2015. Processing of the application has recently been finalised. Payment will issue shortly, directly to the nominated bank account of the person named.

Photo of Áine CollinsÁine Collins (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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304. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive a payment under the single farm area aid and forestry scheme. [36211/15]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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An application under the 2015 Basic Payment/Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme was received from the person named on 1 May 2015. Processing of the application has recently been finalised. Payments under theBasic Payment Scheme and Greening Payment as well as the Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme will issue shortly, directly to the nominated bank account of the person named.

Forestry grants and premium payments on this afforestation contract have been withheld since 2014 due to outstanding remedial works that had to be undertaken in order to bring the plantation up to the standard required under the afforestation scheme. The Department was notified in August 2015 that these works have been completed and a site inspection by the Department’s inspector is required at this stage. It is expected that this inspection will take place in the next three weeks. The applicant will be notified in advance of the inspection. Payments of the outstanding grants and premium will depend on the outcome of this inspection.

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