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Agri-environment Scheme.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 11 March 2010

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Ceisteanna (40, 41)

Michael Creed

Ceist:

33 Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will review the eligibility criteria for applications to the new agri-environment scheme in view of the fact that the contracts for many REP scheme participants will expire following the 17 May 2010 deadline; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11918/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

The deadline for applications of 17 May is in accordance with EU Regulations. It is not possible to accept applications for the new scheme from farmers who will still be participating in REPS on that date. I will be reviewing the situation in relation to those participants in REPS whose contracts expire after the closing date of 17 May to determine when they can apply for entry into the new scheme.

Michael D. Higgins

Ceist:

34 Deputy Michael D. Higgins asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the number of farmers that will achieve €5,000 maximum payment under new agri-environment options scheme. [12020/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The level of payment available to each farmer who joins the new agri-environment will depend on his or her particular circumstances and the actions that he or she can or chooses to undertake. I am satisfied, however, that a payment of up to €5,000 can be achieved by a wide range of participants.

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