Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Questions (218)

Michael Moynihan

Question:

218. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the criteria used to define a parcel of land as scrub for the purposes of the basic payment scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14350/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Under the Basic Payment scheme, any portion of a land parcel which is covered in dense non-grazable woody shrubs, with no interspersed grazing is described as scrub. The species included in deciding if an area is to be described as scrub are shrubs such as blackthorns, whitethorns, briars, gorse and other non- grazable woody shrubs, which have invaded the area. Such areas are considered ineligible for payment under the Basic Payment Scheme.