Wednesday, 3 May 2006

Ceisteanna (337, 338, 339)

Tom Hayes

Ceist:

397 Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the position regarding an application for assistance under the national reserve single payment scheme by a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary. [16391/06]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Agriculture and Food)

The person named submitted an application for an allocation of entitlements from the 2005 Single Payment Scheme National Reserve under Category C.

Category C caters for farmers who, between 1 January 2000 and 19 October 2003, participated in the Milk Quota Restructuring Scheme and who converted to a farming sector for which a direct payment under the Livestock and/or Arable Aid Premium Schemes would have been payable during the period 2000-2002.

A formal letter setting out my Department's decision has issued to the person named. However should he be dissatisfied with my Department's decision, he has the opportunity to appeal this decision to the Independent Payment Appeals Committee. An appeals application form is available from any of my Department's offices or on the Department website at www.agriculture.gov.ie.

Paul Connaughton

Ceist:

398 Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the reason consolidated entitlements have not been made available to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that this person made application to the national reserve in respect of 10 suckler cow quotas purchased in 2001, that they had 45 hectares approximately in the reference years and that they claimed for 39.66 hectares in 2005 and for a similar amount in 2006; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16392/06]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The person named submitted an application under the Single Payment Scheme on 9 May 2005 and also applied to have his entitlements consolidated under the Consolidation measure of the Scheme. Following processing of the Consolidation application the person named was paid in full in respect of 39.66 consolidated entitlements with a total value of €18,996.20 on 01 December 2005.

The person named submitted an application for an allocation of entitlements from the Single Payment Scheme National Reserve under Category B. Category B caters for farmers who, between 1 January 2000 and 19 October 2003, made an investment in production capacity in a farming sector for which a direct payment under Livestock Premia and/or Arable Aid schemes would have been payable during the reference period 2000- 2002. Investments can include purchase or long term lease of land, purchase of suckler and/or ewe quota or other investments.

The person named has now been granted an allocation under Category B and a formal letter setting out the details of this allocation and the resulting increase in Single Payment will issue shortly. The National Reserve allocation has been applied to the 39.66 consolidated entitlements.

If the person named is dissatisfied with my Department's decision he will have the opportunity to appeal the decision to the Independent Appeals Committee. An appeals application is available from any of my Department's offices or on the Department website at www.agriculture.gov.ie

Paul Connaughton

Ceist:

399 Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway did not receive an area based payment in 2005; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16393/06]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The 2005 Area Aid application of the person named has been fully processed with an area determined of 11.28 hectares. However, to be eligible for the 2005 Area-Based Compensatory Allowance Scheme, applicants must maintain a minimum stocking density of 0.15 livestock units per forage hectare for at least 4 continuous months of the year. My Department wrote to the person named on 2 May 2006 with a view to establishing the type of farming activity being pursued. On receipt of her reply, a decision regarding eligibility will be made.