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Agriculture Schemes

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 20 May 2021

Thursday, 20 May 2021

Questions (381)

Michael Healy-Rae


381. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the case of a person (details supplied) will be examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27373/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named submitted his 2020 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application on 22nd April 2021 in which he declared the lands he was farming.

Where land has been burned between the closed season for burning (1st March - 31st August) of any given year, it is not eligible for payment under the Basic Payment Scheme and the Department actively investigates incidents of illegal burning. Parcels submitted by the person named were subject to burning during the closed season for burning. Therefore, this parcel was deemed ineligible and gave rise to an overclaim on the 2020 BPS application. This overclaim resulted in both a reduction in area paid and an administrative penalty.

The person named submitted an appeal in relation to this and a decision issued on 10th May 2021, advising him of the removal of the administrative penalty and also his right of appeal to the independent Agriculture Appeals Office in relation to the reduction on area paid. He should advise the Appeals Office that he wishes to have an oral hearing as part of his appeal.