Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (572)

Brendan Griffin


572. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when the agri environment options scheme 1 payment will be made available to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9710/13]

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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 1st September 2010 and full payments totalling €608.11 and €4,195.14 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. The application was also selected for a Cross Compliance inspection which resulted in a penalty of 20% being imposed. Officials in my Department are finalising the application of the person named on this basis with the intention of issuing payment for the 2012 scheme year as soon as possible.