Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (528)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

528. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the estimated quantity of land in hectares nationally and by county that is not eligible for current CAP pillar 1 payments which is high in biodiversity and that his Department has indicated to the European Court of Auditors should be eligible for pillar 2 payments under the Rural Development Programme per an article (details supplied) in tabular form. [37720/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The data requested by the Deputy is currently being compiled, and will be forwarded directly to the Deputy as soon as this has been completed.

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A
The following table is based on the land declared by farmers and subsequently held on the Department's Land Parcel Identification System. For each county, the number of hectares relates to the area of land that is not eligible for the Basic Payment Scheme under the current land eligibility rules as set out in the relevant EU regulations. It should be noted that these areas of land can be declared or deemed as ineligible for a wide variety of reasons. For example, included in the figures are areas relating to scrub, roads and buildings, recreational areas, streams etc.
The draft regulations for the new CAP post 2020 are currently under consideration at EU level, and my officials continue to engage proactively in this process. As part of these discussions, my officials have expressed Ireland's view that land eligibility rules across direct payment and rural development measures should be framed in a consistent manner which would enable the maximum level of environmental, climate related and biodiversity benefits to be delivered under schemes in the next round of the CAP.

County

Hectares

County

Hectares

Carlow

1866.01

Offaly

3762.47

Cavan

5787.75

Roscommon

5527.41

Clare

21127.7

Sligo

5795.69

Donegal

15985.13

Waterford

4640.2

Dublin

1025.84

Wexford

3507.04

Galway

23902.96

Wicklow

4876.43

Kerry

16857.32

Louth

1458.75

Kildare

2139.44

Tipperary

9195.98

Kilkenny

4255.2

Westmeath

3741.56

Laois

3168.44

Mayo

17436

Leitrim

14995.04

Meath

3090.48

Limerick

6802.68

Monaghan

4005.76

Longford

2270.44

Cork

26023.66