The person named submitted an application for an allocation of entitlements from the 2012 National Reserve. The 2012 National Reserve caters for farmers’, who commenced farming after 17 May, 2010. Applicants are required to submit a 2012 Single Payment application form detailing all lands which they are currently farming. 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.
The person named does not currently hold the necessary qualification and has forwarded documentation informing my Department that he is currently attending an Agricultural Educational course, on completion of which, it is indicated, he will obtain the necessary educational qualifications. On completion of this course, and on submission of the required certification, my Department will be in a position to finalise this case.