An application under the Single Payment/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 11 May 2010. In relation to the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme, the Terms and Conditions governing the Scheme require, inter alia, that applicants maintain a minimum stocking density on their holding of 0.15 livestock units per forage hectare declared, for at least three consecutive months, during the calendar year of application. However, where the holding of an applicant is identified as not meeting this minimum requirement, the person in question is invited to submit evidence of satisfactory stocking i.e. Flock Register, Horse Passports or details of a REPS or Commonage Framework Plan, which provides for a lower stocking level.
My Department's records currently do not show the person named as having yet achieved the minimum stocking density. The person named was written to on 19 November 2010 and invited to submit appropriate evidence of the numbers of livestock maintained on his holding. On receipt of a satisfactory response from the person named, the application will be further processed with a view to payment at an early date.