Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Questions (1559, 1560, 1561, 1562, 1563, 1564, 1565)

Michael Creed

Question:

1650 Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive payment under the young farmers installation aid scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32778/10]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

Grant aid under the Young Farmers' Installation Scheme was paid to the person concerned on 19 August 2010.

Michael Creed

Question:

1651 Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive payment under the installation aid scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32779/10]

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The person concerned is an applicant under the Young Farmers' Installation Scheme. Additional information has been requested from the person concerned but it has not been received to date. Processing of the application will recommence when this additional information has been received.

Michael Creed

Question:

1652 Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be paid their installation aid grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32780/10]

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The person concerned is an applicant under the Young Farmers' Installation Scheme. Additional information has been requested from the person concerned but it has not been received to date. Processing of the application will recommence when this additional information has been received.

Paul Connaughton

Question:

1653 Deputy Paul Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the position regarding a single farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32801/10]

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The person named is not the Registered Herd Owner. The registered herd owner does not hold any Single Payment entitlements.

The registered herd owner applied to be considered for an allocation of entitlements under Category A of the 2005 National Reserve which catered for farmers who inherited or received land free of charge or for a nominal sum from a farmer who had retired or died by 16 May, 2005 and who had leased out his/her holding to a third party during the reference period 2000 to 2002. The registered herd owner did not apply under the New Entrant category of the 2005 National Reserve.

The registered herd owner was deemed unsuccessful under Category A as he did not submit documentary evidence to indicate that the land he acquired was received free of charge or for a nominal amount. The registered herd owner subsequently submitted an appeal against this decision, which was forwarded to the Independent Single Payments Appeals Committee who disallowed the appeal.

In a reply to a previous question from the Deputy in 2009, it was outlined that officials from my Department would contact the registered herd owner to examine his eligibility under the New Entrant category of the 2005 National Reserve. The New Entrant Category of the 2005 National Reserve catered for farmers who commenced farming after 31 December 2002 or who commenced farming in 2002 but who did not receive any direct payments in respect of that scheme year. In addition farmers are required to meet certain criteria in relation to off-farm and farm income limits and educational qualifications. The registered herd owner was deemed ineligible as his off-farm income exceeded the upper limit of €20,000. A letter outlining this decision issued to the registered herd owner on 1 September 2009.

Paul Connaughton

Question:

1654 Deputy Paul Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a REP scheme three payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32802/10]

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The payment application from the person named was received by my Department on 14th September 2010 and will be dealt with taking account of the targets set out in the Farmers Charter.

Michael Ring

Question:

1655 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their suckler cow welfare payment. [32828/10]

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The person named applied for 17 animals under the 2008 Suckler Welfare Scheme and 11 animals under the 2009 Scheme. The herd owner has been paid in full for these animals.

Michael Creed

Question:

1656 Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork has been in receipt of recent correspondence requesting a refund of cattle headage grants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32924/10]

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An application under the 2009 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 22 April 2009. Following processing, it was found that the reference area of one parcel was over-claimed by 9.06%. Under the governing EU regulations, where the over-declaration between the total area declared and total area determined is greater than 3%, but not more than 20%, the area determined for payment purposes will be reduced by twice the difference for the crop group concerned. The sum in question, €806.31, falls due to be recouped and will be deducted from the 2010 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme payment due to the applicant.