Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Questions (172)

Michael Fitzmaurice

Question:

172. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of fully completed commonage management plans received by his Department; the number outstanding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21528/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The requirement to prepare a Commonage Management Plan (CMP) is and has always been an essential component of the GLAS scheme. A complete CMP is required for each commonage over 10 hectares. The facility to submit CMP's has been available since October of last year and completed CMPs continue to be submitted on an ongoing basis. As of May 14 827 CMP's have been submitted leaving 3,374 remaining.

The Department has regularly highlighted the fact that GLAS participants must ensure compliance with the Scheme requirements. The requirement is to submit a complete CMP. Failure to submit will prevent further payments, including balancing payments. The Department will continue to bring this requirement to the attention of GLAS participants.