Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (466)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

466. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the case of a person (details supplied) will be examined; if they will be permitted to enter the beef exceptional aid measure scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51085/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The objective of the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) is to provide temporary exceptional adjustment aid to farmers in the beef sector in Ireland subject to the conditions set out in EU Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1132.

An application was received from the person named on the 27th August 2019 and a scheme acceptance letter issued on the 11th October 2019 which detailed that one animal had been slaughtered in the relevant period which was eligible for payment under the scheme.

This letter also informed the person named of their right to have this data reviewed. Such a request was received on the 24th of October 2019 accompanied by a list of tag numbers of animals that the person named believed should be eligible for payment.

The Terms and Conditions (T&Cs) of the scheme state that, where an animal is presented for slaughter within 30 days of purchase by an agent or dealer, as defined in the T&Cs, payment may issue in respect of the previous herdowner provided they are otherwise eligible and a participant in the scheme. All of the animals that related to the tag numbers provided, and their associated movements, were investigated by staff from my Department who established that none of them met the criteria required for the payment to revert to the previous herdowner

A letter issued to the person named on the 18th of November 2019 informing him that his review was unsuccessful. This letter also informed the person named of their right to appeal this outcome to the Agriculture Appeals Office.