Thursday, 7 March 2013

Questions (203)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

203. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if additional entitlements will be awarded to a person (details provided) in County Kerry or if they will be permitted to apply for further entitlements as a new entrant in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12052/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

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.