Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Young Farmers Scheme
944. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a matter regarding the case of a person (details supplied) will be examined; the clarity which can be provided in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3001/20]
The persons named submitted applications to my Department under the 2019 National Reserve ‘Young Farmer’ category and also the 2019 Young Farmers Scheme. My Department engaged with the applicants with regard to the necessary documentation required in support of their applications. On the basis of the documentation provided to my Department, the application to the National Reserve was deemed to be unsuccessful as the applicants had exceeded the gross off-farm income limit of €40,000. The applicants were advised of this outcome on 27thJanuary 2020 and offered the opportunity to submit an appeal of this decision.
An appeal of the decision in relation to the 2019 National Reserve application has now been received and is currently being considered. My Department has issued further correspondence regarding additional documentation required in support of the appeal. Once this documentation has been received and the appeal is completed, the applicants will be notified of the outcome in writing.
The 2019 Young Farmers Scheme application was successful, and the applicants were notified of this outcome on 27thJanuary 2020.