Written answers

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Agri-Environment Options Scheme Conditions

Photo of Joe CareyJoe Carey (Clare, Fine Gael)
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272. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to set out the number of on-site farm visits carried out in respect of the 400 farmers involved in the non-productive capital investment action associated with the agri-environment options scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42591/15]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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Under the EU Regulations, there is a requirement on my Department to undertake a minimum inspection rate of 5% of participants in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme. In this case, I take it the Deputy is asking about the 400 or so farmers that my Department wrote to seeking verification of invoices that they had submitted as part of their non-productive capital investment claim under the Scheme.

111 inspections have taken place to date in respect of 96 of the participants involved in the invoice review.

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