Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Questions (147)

Tom Hayes


249 Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when the payments of area based compensation, REP scheme and other premia will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary. [25604/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture and Food)

The 2004 area aid application for the person named has been fully processed with an area determined for payment purposes of 68.38 hectares of forage land. The person named has lodged no applications to date under the 2004 EU special beef premium scheme. An application for 2004 suckler cow premium in respect of 21 animals was lodged on 24 June 2004. It has been processed for payment and the 60% advance instalment will issue to the herdowner shortly. The person named has submitted an application under the 2004 extensification premium scheme. Payments under this scheme are due to commence in June 2005. The application will be considered in due course.

The person named has had two animals deemed eligible under the 2004 EU slaughter premium scheme. Advance payments of 60% commenced on 16 October 2004 and payment in the amount of €96.00 has issued in respect of these animals. Payment of the 2004 ewe premium was made to the person named on the 19 October 2004. Payment of the supplementary premium and 2004 area based compensatory allowance, which had been withheld pending clearance of the area aid application will be made shortly.

The person named is a REPS participant and payment has issued under the scheme for the period 1 November 2003 to 30 October 2004. The anniversary date of the REPS plan is 1 November and on receipt of an application payment will be processed in accordance with the protocol on direct payments to farmers.