Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (603)

Patrick O'Donovan


603. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) in County Wexford may expect to receive their agri-environment option scheme payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32036/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named was approved for participation in the 2011 Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from 1st September 2011.

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme, a comprehensive administrative check of all applications, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must be completed before any payment can issue. The person named was also selected for a ground inspection which took place on 11th May 2012. During this inspection, areas of non-compliance with the terms and condition of the scheme were noted in relation to the Planting of New Hedgerow and Tree Planting – Standard options which resulted in a penalty of 20% being imposed. The application has been processed on this basis and full entitlements totalling €655.62 issued in respect of 2011 – 75% payment issued on 5th June 2013 and the balancing 25% payment issued on 11th June 2013.

Payments in respect of the 2012 Scheme year are subject to a similar administrative checking process. These checks have now been completed and 75% payment totalling €1,834.56 issued on 28th June 2013. The balancing 25% payment will issue shortly.