Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (652)

Jim Daly


664 Deputy Jim Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding an application for single farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34810/12]

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

The person named submitted an application under the 2012 Single Payment Scheme. The person named also 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 details of all the lands which they are currently farming on the 2012 Single Payment application form. 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.

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.

Question No. 665 answered with Question No. 645.