Written Answers. - Installation Aid Scheme.

Beverley Flynn

Question:

242 Ms Cooper-Flynn asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development if an application for installation aid by a person (details supplied) in County Mayo can be reconsidered. [7958/01]

An application from the person named could not be processed under the scheme of installation 1994-97 as the deed transferring the land was not lodged in the Land Registry prior to the suspension of the scheme on 7 August 1997. This was a critical condition to enable applications to be considered. However, should the applicant meet the terms and conditions of the national scheme of installation aid, it will be open to him to apply for that scheme.

Beverley Flynn

Question:

243 Ms Cooper-Flynn asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development if he will provide details of the new installation aid scheme for young farmers. [7959/01]

The new scheme of installation aid is open to young farmers setting up in farming on or after 1 January 2000. The terms and conditions include the following provisions. The young farmer must be under 35 years of age at the date of setting up; confirm that setting up costs associated with the farm transfer including stamp duty, legal and accounting fees and family settlements remain to be discharged; be first registered as a sole user of a herd number after the date of setting up on at least five hectares of owned or leased land; submit an initial application within four months of taking over the farm; fulfil certain requirements regarding occupational skill and competence at the date of setting up, or at the latest, within two years from that date; have at least 50 income units and not more than 150 income units including off-farm income at the date of setting up, or at the latest, within two years from that date, at least 20 of the income units must come from farming; farm in accordance with good farming practice and submit a full application with supporting documentation within 30 months of their taking over the farm. A premium of £7,500 is payable.