Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Agriculture Scheme Eligibility
215. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a person (details supplied) in County Cork is eligible for entitlements from the National Reserve as an applicant under the Older Young Farmer Section; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1873/16]
The person named submitted applications under the ‘young farmer’ category of the 2015 National Reserve and the Young Farmers Scheme to my Department. To qualify as a ‘young farmer’, a person must be setting up an agricultural holding for the first time in his/her name or have set up such a holding during the five years preceding the first submission of the BPS application. According to records held by my Department the person named commenced farming in 2009 which is outside the eligibility period for the measures applied for. A letter has issued to the person named informing him of the decision in relation to his application and advising him to contact the Department regarding eligibility under the ‘old young farmer’ category of the National Reserve which is available to farmers who commenced farming in 2009.