Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (521)

Joe Carey


521. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding an application to join the agri-environment option scheme 3 in respect of a person (details supplied); the qualification on each of the published criteria regarding that applicant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30659/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

An application under the Agri-Environment Options Scheme from the person named was received in my Department on 7 December 2012. The process of ranking and selecting all AEOS applicants was clearly set out in the scheme documentation. Acceptance into the scheme was established using the pre-determined selection criteria as follows:

1. farmers in the Boora region of Co. Offaly who chose Wild Bird Cover Option B (Grey Partridge) as one of their selected options;

2. farmers with a minimum of 0.5 hectares of designated land;

3. farm partnerships;

4. farmers who previously participated in REPS commencing with smallest farms; and

5. others based on farm size (again favouring smaller holdings).

The person named was a previous participant in REPS. Based on the funding available, farmers in category 4 with 22.06 hectares of utilisable agricultural area and below were successful. As the farm size of the person named is 23.20, the application was unsuccessful. On 27 May 2013, a letter issued to the person named informing him that he was not successful and setting out the reasons.