Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Ceisteanna (555)

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

608 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a decision on an agri-environment option scheme will issue to a person (details supplied). [11298/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

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

The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from 1 September 2010. Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, have to be completed before any payment can issue. During these checks a query arose in respect of land parcels declared which require digitisation of the areas concerned. This is being dealt with by my Department at present and once the digitisation process is completed, the application will be processed with a view to making payment at the earliest opportunity.