Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (532)

Pat Breen

Question:

532. Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when agri-environment options scheme payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21382/14]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named was approved for participation in the 2010 Agri-Environment Options Scheme (AEOS 1) with effect from 1 November 2010 and full payment has issued in respect of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Scheme years.

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must be completed before any payment can issue. During the checking process in respect of the 2013 Scheme year, an issue was identified relating to the land area claimed. To date, 75% payment in respect of 2013 issued to the person named on 27 November 2013. Officials in my Department are actively working on finalising this issue with the intention of issuing the balancing 25% payment as soon as possible.