Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Questions (176)

Dara Calleary

Question:

176. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reasons for the delay in payment of an agri-environment option scheme application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; if he will expedite this application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21683/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named was approved for participation in the 2011 Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from 1st September 2011 and has received full payment totalling €689.94 in respect of 2011.

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme, a comprehensive administrative check of all applications, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must be completed before any payment can issue. Payments in respect of the 2012 Scheme year are subject to a similar administrative checking process which includes verification of capital investments through checks on receipts. These checks have been successfully completed and payment will issue shortly.