Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Basic Payment Scheme Payments

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent)
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959. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a farm payment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3550/20]

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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The person named submitted his 2019 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application on 2 May 2019 in which he declared the lands he was farming.

Where land has been burned between the closed season for burning (1 March - 31 August) of any given year, it is not eligible for payment under the Basic Payment Scheme and my Department actively investigates incidents of illegal burning.  As outlined by the Deputy, parcels submitted by the person named were subject to burning during the closed season for burning.

The Department is currently reviewing two burnt parcels in this case, one of which is a forestry land parcel which needs further examination.  Once this review has been completed, my Department will contact the person named directly.


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