Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Questions (39)

John McGuinness


39. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of farmers who have not been paid their REP scheme 4 payments for 2012; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21476/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

There are currently a total of 30,284 participants in REPS4. To date 28,937 of these have been paid 100% of their 2012 REPS4 entitlement. A further 216 have been paid 75% of their REPS4 entitlement for 2012 and the balancing payment of 25% will be made to them within the next week. A total of approximately 1,000 participants have yet to receive any payment under REPS4.

Outstanding 2012 payments under REPS are largely due to unresolved queries associated with applications and where necessary my Department has been in contact with the applicants concerned with the intention of resolving outstanding issues and issuing payment as soon as possible. I am conscious of the importance of these payments to farmers' incomes and my Department is making every effort to assist farmers in regularising their applications and claims for payment. Additional resources have been assigned to dealing with all outstanding queries and payments will continue to issue on an ongoing basis as outstanding issues are resolved.