Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (648)

Michael Healy-Rae


660 Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding single farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry. [34763/12]

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

The person named submitted an application for an allocation of entitlements from the 2012 National Reserve. The 2012 National Reserve caters for farmers who commenced farming after 17th May 2010. Applicants are required to submit a 2012 Single Payment application form detailing all lands which they are currently farming. In addition, applicants are required to meet certain criteria with regard to income limits and educational qualifications. Off-farm income cannot exceed €30,000 and total income, including farm income, cannot exceed €40,000. Applicants must have obtained a FETAC Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture or its equivalent. The green certificate in farming is regarded as equivalent for this purpose.

National Reserve entitlements can only be allocated on eligible land which is free of entitlements and declared on the 2012 Single Payment application form.

Processing of the 2012 National Reserve Scheme is ongoing. My Department will be in touch with individual applicants as soon as their applications are fully processed. A formal letter setting out the details of the decision will issue at that stage.