Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Seymour Crawford

Ceist:

119 Mr. Crawford asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development when a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan will receive a suckler cow payment for 2001; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29385/01]

The person named will be paid his 80% advance under the 2001 suckler cow premium scheme within the next fortnight.

Enda Kenny

Ceist:

120 Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development the number of grants issued under the national scheme for farmyard pollution control to farmers in County Mayo for each of the past five years; the total amount issued for each year; and if he will make a statement of the success of the scheme to date. [29386/01]

There are two schemes involved, the control of farm pollution scheme, which was a sub-measure of the Operational Programme for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development 1994-99, and the national scheme for the control of farm pollution, which was introduced in June 1999. Following is the information in relation to the number and value of grants paid to farmers in County Mayo under both these schemes from 1997 to date:

Control of Farm Pollution Scheme 1994-1999

Year

Number paid

Grant Aid (£m)

1997

920

6.5

1998

291

2.2

1999

172

1.3

2000

50

0.429

2001 to date

9

0.072

National Scheme for the Control of Farm Pollution

Year

Number paid

Grant Aid (£m)

1999

Nil

2000

268

1.476

2001 to date

224

1.368

Both these schemes have been very successful in terms of uptake, and indeed uptake under the national scheme far exceeded all expectations, requiring a doubling of the funding originally provided.