Written answers

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Agriculture Scheme Payments

Photo of Noel HarringtonNoel Harrington (Cork South West, Fine Gael)
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245. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when payments under the basic payment scheme, the areas of natural constraint scheme and the agri-environment options scheme will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42316/15]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The persons named commenced their AEOS 1 contract on 1 November, 2010 and has been paid in full for the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 scheme years. Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must be completed before any payment can issue. It is expected that AEOS payments for the 2015 scheme year will commence shortly for those that have successfully come through the administrative checks and where there are no outstanding issues for those who had on-the-spot inspections in 2015.

In respect of the Basic Payments Scheme, my Department received a 2015 Transfer of Entitlement Allocation Right and Reference Value application from the person named requesting the transfer of his entitlement allocation right and corresponding reference value from his sole name into joint names with another person. As the Basic Payment Scheme application for the person named had been submitted before the herd number was changed into joint names, it was necessary for the person named to submit a Declaration of Undertaking form. My Department wrote to the person named on 7 November 2015 requesting this form be submitted but it has not been received to date. Once the completed form has been received by my Department the application will be processed and payment under the Basic Payment Scheme will issue shortly thereafter.

An application under the 2015 Areas of Natural Constraints Schemes was received from the person named on 24 May, 2015. Processing of the application has recently been finalised and payment has issued directly to the nominated bank account of the person named.

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