Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Questions (401)

Niamh Smyth

Question:

401. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of farmers that have yet to receive areas of natural constraints, ANC, payments by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40931/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Payments under the 2018 Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme commenced, on schedule, on 18 September 2018 with payments of €185.6 million issuing to some 77,000 applicants. To date in excess of €194.4 million has issued to over 80,600 applicants.

While the total number of applicants under the 2018 scheme who have the minimum level of designated land is 100,339 it should be noted that the number of applicants actually paid on an annual basis is generally between 95,000 and 96,000. This is because many applicants fail to fulfil the scheme eligibility criteria either on area required or on stocking density and retention requirements. In such instances no ANC payment can issue. Some other applicants only qualify for payment towards the end of the year and pay runs will continue on a regular basis as further cases are cleared for payment.

The number of applicants paid to date is as follows -

County

Applicants

Number Paid

Paid Amount

Carlow

733

600

1,429,813.94

Cavan

4,736

4,125

9,441,477.93

Clare

5,989

4,974

12,459,305.70

Cork

7,056

5,526

14,497,415.34

Donegal

8,630

6,639

17,724,121.51

Dublin

159

122

300,065.08

Galway

11,865

9,627

22,948,056.08

Kerry

7,593

5,856

16,265,488.38

Kildare

528

411

840,322.07

Kilkenny

1,712

1,258

2,893,638.48

Laois

1,675

1,340

2,947,355.81

Leitrim

3,406

2,815

7,070,264.60

Limerick

2,911

2,309

4,961,282.04

Longford

2,339

1,899

4,317,028.59

Louth

784

623

1,215,765.33

Mayo

11,302

8,946

21,786,021.61

Meath

1,323

1,076

2,125,795.25

Monaghan

4,010

3,441

7,165,828.77

Offaly

2,382

1,938

4,072,989.85

Roscommon

5,558

4,628

10,808,760.60

Sligo

3,911

3,061

7,361,639.16

Tipperary

4,416

3,607

8,452,286.58

Waterford

1,417

1,094

2,684,446.60

Westmeath

2,625

2,200

4,591,013.85

Wexford

1,488

1,106

2,260,490.09

Wicklow

1,791

1,394

3,804,451.01

Total

100,339

80,615

194,425,124.25