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Agriculture Scheme Payments

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 17 December 2015

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Ceisteanna (291)

Dan Neville

Ceist:

291. Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46393/15]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The person named submitted a 2015 Basic Payment/Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme application on 29 May 2015. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and comprehensive administrative checks, including in some cases on-farm inspections, be completed before any payments issue.

The application of the person named was selected for a Bovine Identification and Registration inspection. The inspecting officer identified breaches in relation to the tagging of animals and notification of animal movements to the AIM database. A cross-compliance sanction of 3% was determined and applied to the 2015 Direct Payments.

The person named was notified of the inspection findings on 29 June 2015.

The person named sought a review of this decision, which was examined by the District Inspector, the outcome of which was to uphold the inspection findings. The person named was notified of this decision on 4 November 2015 and of their right to appeal this decision to the independent Agricultural Appeals Office. To date no such appeal has been lodged.

Officials from my Department including the inspectorate have been in direct contact with the person named to discuss the inspection findings.

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