Thursday, 8 November 2012

Questions (281, 282)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

281. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of farmers, broken down by county, that are receiving less than €10,000, between €10,001 and €25,000, between €25,001 and €40,000, between €40,001 and €50,000 and more then €50,00 respectively in single payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49224/12]

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Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

282. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of farmers, broken down by county, that have entitlements for single payment per hectare of less than €200 per hectare, between €201 per hectare and €300 per hectare, between €301 per hectare and €400 per hectare, between €401 per hectare and €500 per hectare and more than €500 per hectare, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49225/12]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 281 and 282 together.

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department has carried out extensive modelling to assist in the assessment of the potential impact on Irish farmers of different payment distribution proposals. This modelling has used the 2010 SPS payments database as a guide to current payment levels, but the analysis is conducted, and the results presented, in a different format to that requested by the Deputy in his question.

My officials are currently working on an expansion of the modelling exercise that will generate data from the 2010 database in the format requested, but this work will not be completed in time to answer the Deputy’s question. In the interests of consistency, I would ask that the Deputy await the completion of this exercise, following which a detailed response will issue directly.