Thursday, 13 June 2019

Questions (169)

Charlie McConalogue


169. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of an ANC appeal by a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24639/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

An application under the 2018 Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) was received from the person named on 13 February 2018.

Under 2018 Areas of Natural Constraint scheme, all eligible applicants are required to meet a minimum stocking density of 0.15 livestock units per hectare for a retention period of seven consecutive months, in addition to maintaining an annual average of 0.15 livestock units per hectare calculated over the twelve months of the scheme year. Stocking density can be satisfied by cattle, sheep, goats, deer and equines.

Payment under the 2018 ANC Scheme has not issued to the person  named because he has not satisfied the scheme's minimum stocking density requirements. My Department is in contact with him in relation to this issue and have requested additional information in relation to his animal numbers.

Once this information is received, it will be examined with a view to finalising the application.