Thursday, 2 December 2010

Ceisteanna (152, 153, 154, 155, 156)

Paul Connaughton

Ceist:

152 Deputy Paul Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway did not receive a single farm payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45704/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

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

An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 17 May 2010. On processing the application an over-claim was identified on one of the parcels declared by the applicant and he was written to in this regard on 13 September 2010.This issue has now been resolved in favour of the person named and the payment due in respect of the Single Payment Scheme issued on 1 December.

Paul Connaughton

Ceist:

153 Deputy Paul Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway has not received their REPS 4 payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45705/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The EU Regulations governing REPS 4 and other area-based schemes provide that payments issue in two instalments. The first instalment of 75% may be paid once all administrative checks on all applications, as well as cross-checks against areas declared on Single Payment Scheme applications, have been completed. This process is underway and my objective is to make all payments for 2010 as soon as possible. The balancing payment of 25% can issue once all on-the-spot inspections for the year have taken place and these will be completed shortly.

Paul Connaughton

Ceist:

154 Deputy Paul Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway did not receive their single farm payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45706/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 20 April 2010. Advance payment under the Single Payment Scheme issued on 18 October in respect of those parcels cleared for payment at that stage. A number of parcels listed on the application, required re-digitisation, this process is now complete and the full balancing payment due in respect of the Single Payment Scheme issued on 1 December to the person named.

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

155 Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when single farm payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45795/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

An application under 2010 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 17 May 2010. The 50% advance payment, which issued on 18 October 2010, was on the basis of the land cleared at that stage, as a number of parcels declared required digitising.

Balancing payments under the scheme, which commenced this week, would, in normal circumstances, be confined to those whose applications are fully processed, specifically, where all digitising is finalised. However, following recent consultation with the EU Commission, agreement was reached whereby, in addition to issuing balancing payments to those farmers whose applications are fully processed and whose maps are fully digitised, payments will also issue to those farmers where some or all of their maps are still to be digitised, with the payment being calculated on the basis of the digitised land confirmed otherwise eligible.

I am pleased to say that, because of this change, many farmers, including the person named, whose balancing payments would otherwise have been delayed until their digitising is complete, will now receive an interim balancing payment. These farmers, including the person named, will receive the final instalment of their balancing payment when their maps are re-digitised and their applications are fully clear.

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

156 Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when single farm payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45796/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 20 April 2010. The 50% advance payment under the Single Payment Scheme, which issued on 18 October, was on the basis of those parcels cleared for payment at that stage. Following re-digitisation of a number of parcels listed on the application of the person named, over-claims were identified in respect of two land parcels. My Department wrote to the person named regarding this matter, and the reply has been received to state that the amended reference areas are not being accepted by the applicant. Therefore, the file has been referred back for further review, which will be completed as quickly as possible. Immediately this process is completed, the file will be further processed with a view to the payment due issuing shortly thereafter.