Thursday, 11 March 2010

Ceisteanna (65, 66)

Bernard Allen

Ceist:

56 Deputy Bernard Allen asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will review the eligibility criteria for applications to the new agri-environment options scheme in view of the fact that contracts for many REP scheme participants will expire following the 17 May 2010 deadline; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11921/10]

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.

Johnny Brady

Ceist:

57 Deputy Johnny Brady asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the funding that will be provided for 2010 in respect of the new agri-environment options scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11851/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The Minister for Finance has committed to provide funding for the acceptance initially of up to 10,000 participants into the new scheme at a maximum payment of €5,000 per participant.

Question No. 58 answered with Question No. 25.