Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (531)

Tom Fleming

Question:

531. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a person (details supplied) in County Kerry is entitled to a single farm payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12846/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Single Payment Scheme commenced in 2005 and was applicable to farmers who established entitlements by actively farmed during the reference years 2000, 2001 and 2002, and who were paid Livestock Premia and/or Arable Aid in one or more of those years. It is necessary to have entitlements and to have a hectare of land per entitlement to qualify for payment under the Single Payment Scheme. Farmers who have no entitlements or who wish to acquire additional entitlements may lease or buy entitlements from other farmers. Full details of the Terms and Conditions governing the Scheme are made available to all applicants.

The person named has submitted application forms under the Single Payment Scheme in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. However, he does not have any entitlements established under the Scheme and therefore has not qualified for payment. In addition, the area of 0.39 hectares declared is not sufficient to qualify for payment under any other area based scheme, such as the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme.