Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (846)

Michael Ring

Question:

964 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo did not receive a full cull ewe scheme entitlement for the de-stocking of 13 ewes; and when the remainder of their money will issue. [1530/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

According to the information available to my Department, the person named was required under his commonage framework plan to reduce his stock by 13 ewes. Ten of these ewes were de-stocked to bring the farmer down to the approved good farming practice level of five ewe equivalents per hectare. Under the polluter pays principle, no compensation is payable for de-stocking of sheep down to this level. Compensation is only available for reductions of stock below this level. In this case, reductions below this level involved a further three ewes, for which he received payment of €60 per ewe.