Thursday, 30 May 2013

Questions (234)

Brendan Griffin


234. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when payment will issue on a suckler welfare scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26301/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named registered 7 animals in 2011 and 9 animals in 2012 under the Suckler Welfare Scheme.

Applicants undertake to carry out all of the measures required under the Terms and Conditions of the Scheme on all eligible suckler cows and the calves. Applicants also undertake to record and notify my Department, or its agents, of the details of each measure through the Animal Events System for the full 5 year duration of the Scheme. In August 2011, applicants were informed of the requirement to notify all of the measures within one year from the date of birth of each animal.

The required data was not received within the prescribed timeframe for the animals born during 2011 and therefore the animals are not eligible for payment. It is, however, open to the person named to seek a review, if he feels there are mitigating circumstances for the late supply of data. As regards 2012, data has not yet been received in respect of 3 of the 2012 born animals and errors have been identified with the remaining 6 animals. The case cannot be progressed until these outstanding issues have been resolved.