Thursday, 13 December 2012

Questions (21)

Colm Keaveney


21. Deputy Colm Keaveney asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) may expect to receive their headage payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55810/12]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Payment under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme has not issued as the holding concerned has not satisfied the Scheme minimum stocking density requirements for 2012.

I might add that the changes introduced for the 2012 Scheme did not in any way impact on this case since the stocking density would not have met the pre-existing requirements either. The facts of this case are that the applicant concerned, in 2012, declared a forage area of 18.03 hectares. This area would require a minimum stocking density of 2.7 livestock units in order to satisfy the Scheme. However, it is understood that only one animal is present on this holding, representing 1.0 livestock unit.

The appeal process is, of course, available, and should there be particular reasons which have prevented the person concerned having a higher stocking density on the holding in 2012, my Department will further consider the matter. Any such appeal should clearly outline the basis and be supported by relevant documentation, if appropriate.