Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1376)

Michael Fitzmaurice

Question:

1376. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if boglands suitable for grazing are eligible under the basic payment and areas of natural constraints schemes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34883/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Any land which is considered as agricultural area and is in a state suitable for grazing or cultivation and is used for an agricultural activity in the year of a claim is eligible for the Basic Payment Scheme and the Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme, provided all other scheme conditions are met.

Blanket bog may be considered as agricultural area and be eligible for payment provided other scheme conditions are met. Raised bog, however, is considered as non-agricultural area and therefore is not eligible land.