Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Questions (168)

Dara Calleary


168. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will have their agri-environment option scheme payment finalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42546/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from the 1st November 2010 and full payments have issued in respect of the 2010 and 2011 Scheme years.

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must be completed before any payment can issue. During these checks in respect of the 2012 Scheme year issues were identified in relation to the Natura action. These issues have now been resolved and officials in my Department are finalising the application of the person named with the intention of issuing payment as soon as possible.