Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Ivan Yates

Question:

441 Mr. Yates asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the plans, if any, he has to introduce a further fodder support scheme; if so, when this will occur; and his proposals in this regard. [2020/99]

Brendan Smith

Question:

459 Mr. B. Smith asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if, in view of the very serious situation arising from the fodder shortage, he will introduce a substantial fodder aid scheme to include all of County Cavan where assistance is urgently needed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2076/99]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 441 and 459 together.

Arising from discussions at the Government meeting earlier this week my Department and the Department of Finance have already entered into discussions to devise a suitably targeted scheme to assist farmers who are experiencing severe difficulty due to scarcity of fodder. The matter is being pursued with urgency.

Breeda Moynihan-Cronin

Question:

442 Mrs. B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kerry has not received a fodder payment; and when payment will issue in this regard. [2021/99]

To qualify under the 1998 winter fodder scheme a producer must be resident and have a herd number in one of the designated DEDs. The DEDs were designated on the basis of an examination by Teagasc of areas most effected by the bad weather.

As the person named did not fulfil this criteria he did not qualify under the winter fodder scheme 1998.

Michael Ring

Question:

443 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive 1998 cattle and sheep headage. [2025/99]

A query arose in relation to the digitising of the land of the person named. The maps which he submitted gave rise to an overclaim. My Department has issued further maps to the person named to resolve the matter.