Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (991)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

991. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a 2019 and 2020 area of natural constraints payment will issue to a farmer (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6584/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

An application for participation in the 2019 Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme was received from the person named on 11th May 2019. As indicated, the Department had recorded two herd numbers for the person named on the Department's systems. This issue has now been addressed and the person named has now one active herd number allocated to him on the Department's systems.

With regard to the 2019 ANC scheme, participants to the scheme must meet minimum stocking requirements in order to be eligible for payment under the scheme. While the person named did maintain a number of bovine animals during 2019, as a result of moving a number of animals off his holding over the course of 2019, he did not meet the minimum stocking requirements and therefore was not eligible for payment under the scheme in 2019.

A member of staff of my Department was in contact with the person named in May 2020 and advised him of the position with regard to his status under the 2019 ANC scheme.

An application for participation in the 2020 ANC scheme was received from the person named on 7th April 2020. As in 2019, participants in the 2020 scheme must meet minimum stocking requirements in order to be eligible for payment under the scheme.

I wish to confirm that the person named has met the minimum stocking requirements under the 2020 ANC scheme and payment will issue in the coming days.