Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1154)

Eamon Scanlon

Question:

1154. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding a 2014 appeal under the single farm payment scheme by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18779/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named submitted his 2013 Single Farm Payment form declaring a total of 76.02 ha in respect of 76.06 entitlements held. During standard processing of this application, over claims arose on 6 of the parcels declared and the found area was deemed to be 73.76ha. In line with the terms and conditions of the Scheme, a penalty was applied in this case on foot of these overclaims.

Following a request by the person named for a review, a field visit was arranged. As a result, the found area was increased to 74ha which left the shortfall at 2.02ha. Given this, a penalty is still applicable. However, the person named was due a supplementary payment as a result of the slightly increased eligible area and this issued on 24 March 2015.

An official from my Department has been in direct contact with the person named and a full review of the 2013 position will be carried out.