Tuesday, 27 March 2007

Ceisteanna (425)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

485 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when applicants will be able to apply for the new farm retirement scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11232/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Agriculture and Food)

Proposals for a new Early Retirement Scheme, with a maximum annual pension payment rate of €15,000, have been included in the draft Rural Development Programme for the period 2007-2013. The draft Programme was sent to the Commission in late December to begin the approval process. I cannot be definite as to how long this process will take but I continue to pursue early approval and my officials are in ongoing contact with their counterparts in the Commission services.