Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Ceisteanna (534)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

534. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding area aid payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21468/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Under the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme, applicants were required to maintain a minimum stocking density on their holding of 0.15 livestock units per forage hectare for a minimum retention period of seven consecutive months, in addition to maintaining an annual average of 0.15 livestock units calculated over the 12 months of the scheme year. Payment under the 2013 Scheme has not issued to the person named as their holding has not yet satisfied the Scheme minimum stocking density requirements. An official from my Department was in direct contact with the person named on 11 February 2014, who had enquired regarding payment. As the person named indicated that he had additional equines which would be eligible for inclusion in the stocking density calculation, he was advised to submit the relevant equine passports for noting. To date, the passports in question have not been submitted; however, immediately they are, the case will be further processed with a view to payment issuing at the earliest possible date thereafter.