Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Questions (175)

Jackie Cahill


175. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if clean land (details supplied) is eligible to receive top-up entitlements for the young farmers allocation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21654/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Successful applicants under the National Reserve priority categories of ‘young farmer’ and ‘new entrant to farming’ are eligible for an allocation of entitlements on eligible land for which they hold no entitlements and/or a top-up to the value of existing entitlements held by them where such entitlements have a value below the National Reserve National Average. The removal of existing entitlements from land for the purpose of creating ‘clean land’ upon which a National Reserve allocation can be made is not permitted.

Land declared in support of an application for an allocation of payment entitlements under the National Reserve is subject to administrative and on-farm checks as required to determine eligibility.