Thursday, 7 March 2013

Questions (217)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

217. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason suckler welfare scheme payments were not paid for the years 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12237/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Terms and Conditions of this Scheme require that applicants undertake to carry out and notify to my Department details of all the specified measures for the full 5 year duration of the Scheme. Weaning information was not received in respect of animals born in 2009 and so payment could not be made for animals born in that year or subsequent years.

Correspondence has recently been received from an agent, on behalf of the person named, and based on this new information, it is appropriate to reconsider the position. My Department is in the process of contacting the agent concerned in relation to submission of data for the 2009 born animals. On receipt of the data, and subject to confirmation of compliance with the Terms and Conditions of the Scheme, payment will be made for animals born in each of the years specified.