Written answers

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Agriculture Scheme Payments

Photo of Áine CollinsÁine Collins (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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216. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine why a person (details supplied) in County Cork has not received a young farmer's payment which the person was informed was approved before Christmas 2015. [1879/16]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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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.

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