Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Questions (301, 302, 303, 304, 305)

Michael Creed

Question:

320 Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he has received a detailed appeal regarding an entitlement to a single farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7328/11]

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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 13 May 2010. This application was selected for a Ground Eligibility and Cross Compliance inspection.

During the course of the Ground Eligibility inspection discrepancies were found which resulted in the claimed area for the Single Payment Scheme of 21.13 ha being reduced to a payable area of 6.54 ha. As the total entitlements held are 22.12 and the difference between the area claimed and the area found is greater than 50%, no payment was to issue for 2010.

The person named was informed of this decision on 17 January 2011. They were also advised of their right to seek a review of this decision and to have the outcome of any such review appealed to the Independent Agriculture Appeals Office. An application for review has been received and is currently under consideration and the person named will be notified of the outcome as soon as it is available.

Dara Calleary

Question:

321 Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the position regarding the case of a person (details supplied) and when the person concerned can expect payment. [7357/11]

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The person named commenced in REPS 4 on 1 June 2009 and payment for the 2009 scheme year issued in March 2010. The 2010 application is currently under examination following an issue relating to the areas declared on the Single Payment application. My officials will shortly be writing to the person named, and once the issue is resolved, payment will be processed.

John Paul Phelan

Question:

322 Deputy John Paul Phelan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason a farmer (details supplied) in County Kilkenny has not, as yet, received a REP scheme 4 payment due in November of 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7368/11]

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The person named commenced REPS 4 in June 2009 and received his year 1 payment in April 2010. An on farm inspection was carried out on 13 December 2010 and several deficiencies were found on the REPS plan. My Department has written to the person named asking for an adjusted plan and, to date, that has not been received. The application of the person named will be processed on receipt of the adjusted plan.

John Paul Phelan

Question:

323 Deputy John Paul Phelan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason a farmer (details supplied) in County Carlow does not qualify for ewe premium; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7369/11]

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Under the 2010 Grassland Sheep Scheme, farmers were required to: maintain ewes; complete the Sheep Census return; and submit the SPS application form by the closing date of 17th May 2010.

While an application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme and other area-based schemes was received from the person named on 17 May 2010, following validation it was found that the person named had not submitted the Sheep Census Return, as required. Therefore, no payment is due under the Grassland Sheep Scheme to the person named.

John O'Mahony

Question:

324 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive all their suckler welfare payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7385/11]

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The person named registered eight calves in 2010 under the Suckler Welfare Scheme. To date payment has issued in respect of six animals. The validation process identified errors in respect of the remaining two calves. My Department has written to the applicant in relation to these errors and is awaiting a response.