Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Questions (226)

Dara Calleary


226. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding an agri-environment options scheme 3 application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33933/13]

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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 28 November 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, 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 29.13, the application was unsuccessful. On 27 May 2013, a letter issued to the person named informing her that she was not successful and setting out the reasons. The person was also informed of her right of appeal to AEOS Section. An appeal was received from the person named and it is currently being considered. The person named will be notified in writing of the outcome of this appeal once a decision has been made.