Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Questions (399)

Lisa Chambers


399. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason for the delay in issuing a basic farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32952/16]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named was a successful applicant under the ‘young farmer’ category of the 2015 National Reserve and the Young Farmers Scheme as she met all of the qualifying criteria including the requirement to have commenced her agricultural education course at FETAC Level 6 or equivalent before end-2015.

In order to provide for payment under the Basic Payment Scheme and Young Farmers Scheme for 2016, my Department is obliged to ensure that the successful 2015 young farmer is progressing as expected through their agricultural education course. In this regard, on 27 October 2016 the person named submitted confirmation to my Department from her agricultural education course provider that she is successfully progressing through her course. Following receipt of this confirmation, payment under the Basic Payment Scheme will issue to the person named in the coming days.