Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Questions (33)

Seán Fleming

Question:

33. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of agri-environment option scheme 1 and 2 payments that are still outstanding broken down on a county basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29363/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Under the EU Regulations governing the scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check of all applications, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must be completed before any payment can issue.

Successive EU audits have made it absolutely clear that compliance with the Regulations must be strictly adhered to and that all administrative checks must be passed and eligibility conditions met before payment issues. As a result, my Department is obliged to ensure that individual payments will not issue until all aspects of a farmer’s application are in order, all outstanding documentation provided and all queries resolved. Outstanding payments under AEOS I and II arise because of outstanding queries on applications forms, digitising issues, the submission of inaccurate capital investment claim forms, non return of soil sample declarations and the failure of the farmer to return documentation in relation to the Conservation of Genetic Resources.

I am conscious of the importance of these payments to farmer’s 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 queries and payments will continue to issue as quickly as possible as outstanding issues are resolved.

The tables set out the details requested by the Deputy.

AEOS I Outstanding Payments

County

2011

Total

Carlow

 

3

Cavan

 

7

Clare

 

5

Cork

 

23

Donegal

 

10

Dublin

 

1

Galway

 

18

Kerry

 

10

Kildare

 

5

Kilkenny

 

6

Laois

 

1

Leitrim

 

2

Limerick

 

12

Longford

 

2

Louth

 

1

Mayo

 

3

Meath

 

6

Monaghan

5

Offaly

 

5

Roscommon

6

Sligo

 

4

Tipperary

 

11

Waterford

3

Westmeath

7

Wexford

 

5

Wicklow

 

7

-

Grand Total

168

County

2012

Total

Carlow

 

6

Cavan

 

21

Clare

 

11

Cork

 

52

Donegal

 

29

Dublin

 

2

Galway

 

74

Kerry

 

22

Kildare

 

7

Kilkenny

 

21

Laois

 

12

Leitrim

 

17

Limerick

 

25

Longford

 

7

Louth

 

3

Mayo

 

37

Meath

 

10

Monaghan

14

Offaly

 

11

Roscommon

22

Sligo

 

11

Tipperary

 

28

Waterford

10

Westmeath

15

Wexford

 

17

Wicklow

 

12

-

Grand Total

496

AEOS II Outstanding Payments

County

2011

Total

Carlow

 

3

Cavan

 

10

Clare

 

12

Cork

 

42

Donegal

 

33

Dublin

 

2

Galway

 

64

Kerry

 

20

Kildare

 

3

Kilkenny

 

13

Laois

 

7

Leitrim

 

7

Limerick

 

15

Longford

 

8

Louth

 

3

Mayo

 

54

Meath

 

10

Monaghan

6

Offaly

 

4

Roscommon

25

Sligo

 

13

Tipperary

 

19

Waterford

7

Westmeath

2

Wexford

 

9

Wicklow

 

8

-

Grand Total

399

County

2012

Total

Carlow

 

9

Cavan

 

50

Clare

 

68

Cork

 

125

Donegal

 

179

Dublin

 

4

Galway

 

235

Kerry

 

90

Kildare

 

13

Kilkenny

 

36

Laois

 

21

Leitrim

 

53

Limerick

 

70

Longford

 

33

Louth

 

10

Mayo

 

191

Meath

 

31

Monaghan

34

Offaly

 

29

Roscommon

104

Sligo

 

60

Tipperary

 

105

Waterford

26

Westmeath

36

Wexford

 

40

Wicklow

 

19

-

Grand Total

1671