Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (453)

Éamon Ó Cuív


453. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when 2013 payments will issue under the suckler welfare scheme and agri-environment options scheme 3 to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; the reason for the delay in issuing these payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11679/14]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Payment under the Beef Data Programme cannot be made until all of the data required has been received. It is anticipated that complete data for all applicants will have been received from most participants by the end of April and, therefore, payments will commence in June 2014 to those farmers who have met all of the Programme’s requirements. The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme (AEOS 3) with effect from 1 May 2013. 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. These checks are well under way and I anticipate that payments for AEOS 3 in respect of 2013 will commence shortly.