Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Questions (177)

Paul Connaughton


177. Deputy Paul J. Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when payment of the agri-environment options scheme will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21719/13]

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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 September 2010 and full payments 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. Payments in respect of the 2012 scheme year are subject to a similar administrative checking process. These checks have been successfully completed and full payment totalling €3,318.28 has now issued to the person named – 75% payment issued on 21st December 2012 and the balancing 25% payment issued on 10th January 2013.