Written answers

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Basic Payment Scheme Eligibility

Photo of Patrick O'DonovanPatrick O'Donovan (Limerick, Fine Gael)
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113. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine why a person (details supplied) in County Limerick has been informed of not being entitled to the Scottish derogation grant in 2015, given that the person received the grant in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41968/15]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The ‘Scottish Derogation’ measure of the Basic Payment Scheme was introduced in 2015 under the new CAP reform. Under EU Regulations governing the Scheme an applicant must have been actively farming in the Beef, Dairying, Sheep or Arable sectors on 15 May 2013 whereby s/he produced, reared or grew agricultural products including through harvesting, milking, breeding animals or keeping animals for farming purposes. The person named was deemed ineligible for this scheme as Department records indicated that there was no verifiable evidence of production on the 15 May 2013. The person named may appeal this decision to the Scottish Derogation Section by email or by post to Scottish Derogation, Eircom Building, Old Knockmay Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois enclosing details of further evidence to support their case.

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