Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Ceisteanna (52)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

52. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the total area of land declared for the purposes of the single payment in 2012; the area declared under the disadvantage payment scheme as mountain grazing; the area declared as more severely handicapped and the area declared as less severely handicapped; the number of farmers that have their farm hub in land under each category; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29375/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Under the 2012 Single Payment Scheme, applicants declared a total area of 4,709,788 hectares, while the declared area under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was 3,255,321 hectares. The further breakdown of DAS areas is as follows:

Category

Hectares

Mountain Type Grazing

1,121,377

More Severely Handicapped Lowland

1,479,169

Less Severely Handicapped Lowland & Coastal Areas with Specific Handicaps

654,775

Total area

3,255,321

The additional data requested regarding the location of farm hubs, by DAS category, is currently being assembled, in so far as possible, and will be forwarded directly to the Deputy immediately it becomes available.