Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Questions (443, 444, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454)

Finian McGrath

Question:

512 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon will receive their area based payment. [36148/10]

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

An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 5 May 2010.

In relation to the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme, the Terms and Conditions governing the Scheme require, inter alia, that applicants maintain a minimum stocking density on their holding of 0.15 livestock units per forage hectare declared, for at least three consecutive months, during the calendar year of application. However, where the holding of an applicant is identified as not meeting this minimum requirement, the person in question is invited to submit evidence of satisfactory stocking i.e. Flock Register, Horse Passports or details of a REPS or Commonage Framework Plan, which provides for a lower stocking level. My Department's records currently do not show the person named as having yet achieved the minimum stocking density. On satisfactory completion of this requirement, the application will be further processed, with a view to payment at an early date.

Martin Ferris

Question:

513 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when disadvantaged area payment will be awarded to a person (details supplied). [36207/10]

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An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 10 May 2010. Payments under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme commenced on 22 September, with an advance payment of 75% issuing in respect of those parcels cleared for payment at that stage. The person named listed amendments to his application that required digitisation. However, as this process is now complete, a further advance payment is due to issue in respect of the balance of the land declared. The 25% balancing payments under the Scheme are scheduled to commence issuing as and from 20 October 2010.

John Perry

Question:

514 Deputy John Perry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the position regarding a payment due since 2009 under the suckler cow premium to a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36212/10]

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John Perry

Question:

519 Deputy John Perry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the position regarding payment under the suckler cow premium payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim since 2009. [36267/10]

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I propose to take Questions Nos. 514 and 519 together.

The person named registered seven animals under the 2009 Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme. There is an outstanding query in respect of one of the animals in question; a response to the letter, which issued to the person named seeking clarification, is awaited. Payment will be processed on the seven animals following resolution of this error.

Michael Creed

Question:

515 Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food further to Parliamentary Question No. 1656 of 29 September 2010, if he could give further information including plot details regarding the alleged overclaim of single farm payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36247/10]

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The 2010 application from the person named was selected for an eligibility inspection, which was carried out using satellite imagery. The applicant has been paid the 75% advance of his 2010 Disadvantaged Area Scheme Payment. Two parcels on the application in 2010 (D23219019 & D23219088) were deemed by the satellite inspection as being in over claim. The parcels were subjected to a ground inspection to determine the eligibility of the two land parcels in question, which took place on Friday, 8th October 2010. The findings of the ground inspection are currently being processed by my Department and an official of my Department will contact the applicant directly when the impact of the findings on the amount payable to the person named is definitively established.

Beverley Flynn

Question:

516 Deputy Beverley Flynn asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has not received their disadvantaged area scheme payment and if the person can be contacted by the Department in order to resolve the matter as quickly as possible. [36253/10]

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An official from my Department was recently in touch with the herd owner, in order to complete processing of the 2010 Single Payment Scheme and Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application. The application is now fully processed and is clear for payment. The 75% advance payment under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme will issue immediately to the applicant and the issuing of the balancing payments under this Scheme will commence on 20 October 2010.

Beverley Flynn

Question:

517 Deputy Beverley Flynn asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has not received payments due to them and if the Department can contact the person in order to resolve the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36254/10]

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An official from my Department was recently in touch with the person named in order to finalise the processing of the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application of the person named. The applications under both Schemes are now fully processed and clear for payment.

The 75% advance payment under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme will issue immediately to the applicant and the issuing of the balancing payments under this Scheme will commence on 20 October 2010.

The 50% advance payments under the Single Payment Scheme are due to issue to eligible applicants from 18 October 2010 with the balancing payments commencing to issue from 1 December.

John O'Donoghue

Question:

518 Deputy John O’Donoghue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will receive their single farm payment. [36265/10]

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An application under the 2010 Single Payment / Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 27 April 2010. The application for the person named has been fully processed, with the 75% advance payment under Disadvantaged Area Scheme due to issue shortly. The 50% advance payments under the Single Payment Scheme will commence issuing on 18 October 2010.

Balancing payments under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme will commence on 20 October while the Single Payment Scheme balancing payments are due to commence on 1 December.

Question No. 519 answered with Question No. 514.

John O'Mahony

Question:

520 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) will receive their disadvantaged area scheme payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36292/10]

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An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 13 May 2010. Payments under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme commenced on 22 September, with an advance payment of 75% issuing in respect of those parcels cleared for payment at that stage; the application of the person named is now processed and the advance payment has issued. The 25% balancing payments under the Scheme are scheduled to commence issuing as and from 20 October 2010.

Bobby Aylward

Question:

521 Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will confirm that the correct payment of moneys under the disadvantaged area scheme 2010 issued to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will provide a breakdown of the amount issued. [36307/10]

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An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Schemes was received from the person named on 7 May 2010. Payments under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme commenced on 22 September, with an advance payment of 75% issuing in respect of those parcels cleared for payment at that stage. The person named declared amendments to parcels listed on his application which require digitisation; when this process is complete, provided no errors are identified, the balance of the advance payment due in respect of the land parcels in question will issue to the person named. The 25% balancing payments under the Scheme are scheduled to commence issuing as and from 20 October 2010.

James Bannon

Question:

522 Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the position regarding the delay in processing an application for disadvantaged area payments, including REPS and other grants in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36322/10]

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An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Area Scheme was received from the person named on 15 April 2010.

This application was selected for and was the subject of a ground eligibility and Animal Identification Inspection. The inspection process is completed and the application has now been fully processed.

The 75% advance payment under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme will issue shortly. The 25% balancing payments are scheduled to commence issuing as and from 20 October. The 50% advance payments under the Single Payment Scheme are scheduled to commence issuing as and from 18 October, while the balancing payments are scheduled to commence issuing as and from 1 December.

The REPS payment application belonging to the person named is for the 2010 scheme year. The EU Regulations governing REPS 4 and other area-based schemes provide that payments issue in two instalments. The first instalment of 75% may be paid once all administrative checks on all applications, as well as cross-checks against areas declared on Single Payment Scheme applications, have been completed. This process is under way and while my objective is to make all payments as soon as possible, the checks are likely to take several more weeks to complete.

James Bannon

Question:

523 Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the position regarding a disadvantaged area payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36324/10]

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An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 8 May 2010. Payments under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme commenced on 22 September, with an advance payment of 75% issuing in respect of those parcels cleared for payment at that stage; the application of the person named is now processed and the advance payment has issued. The 25% balancing payments under the Scheme are scheduled to commence issuing as and from 20 October 2010.