Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Questions (164)

Patrick O'Donovan


164. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) in County Limerick will receive their 2013 agri-environment option scheme payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14355/14]

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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 1 September 2011 and full payments have issued in respect of the 2011 and 2012 Scheme years. The person named was selected for an on-farm inspection which took place on 11 September 2013. During this inspection, issues of non-compliance with the Terms and Conditions of the Scheme were noted in relation to the Traditional Hay Meadow, Planting of New Hedgerows and Broadleaf Tree Planting actions. Letters issued to the person named in relation to the breaches found, requesting information and giving the option of remedial action in relation to the tree planting. A reply was received on 21 March 2014 and it is currently being examined by officials in my Department as part of the inspection process. It is expected that this matter will be resolved shortly and the application will then be processed for payment for 2013.