Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (616)

Billy Kelleher


616. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding an agri-environment option scheme grant in respect of a person (details supplied); when payment will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8265/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from the 1 November 2010 and full payments totalling €833.32 and €4,999.97 issued in respect of 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must be completed before any payment can issue. During these checks for 2012 an issue was discovered in relation to the claimed areas on the Natura Owned action. Officials in my Department are currently investigating this issue with the intention of finalising the application of the person named and issuing payment as soon as possible.