Thursday, 2 May 2013

Questions (209)

Tom Hayes

Question:

209. Deputy Tom Hayes asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when payment of an agri-environment options scheme 1 will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21009/13]

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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 November 2010 and full payments totalling €833.30 and €4,999.97 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. During these checks for 2012 issues were identified in relation to the claimed areas on the Species Rich Grassland action. Officials in my Department are finalising the application of the person named with the intention of issuing payment as soon as possible.