Written Answers. - REP Scheme.

Paul Connaughton

Question:

450 Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the number of farmers by county in the rural environmental protection scheme; the total expenditure on the scheme over the past five years; and the average payment per farmer over those five years. [2086/99]

Since its inception in 1994 just over £321 million has been expended on the scheme, with an average annual payment to farmers amounting to £3,650.

The following is a county by county breakdown of the number of farmers approved for participation in REPS:

Number of approved participants in REPS by county

Carlow

364

Cavan

1,586

Clare

2,287

Cork

2,697

Donegal

2,427

Dublin

120

Galway

5,069

Kerry

1,997

Kildare

754

Kilkenny

811

Laois

1,009

Leitrim

1,484

Limerick

1,280

Longford

1.158

Louth

319

Mayo

4,448

Meath

1.024

Monaghan

881

Offaly

1.226

Roscommon

2,266

Sligo

1,212

Tipperary

2,229

Waterford

622

Westmeath

1,389

Wexford

987

Wicklow

413