Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (458)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

458. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of farm payments for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20998/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The Sheep Welfare Scheme was introduced in December 2016; 2017 was the first year of the scheme. Advance and balancing payments issued in November 2017 and April 2018 respectively. My Department has no record of having received an application under the 2017 Sheep Welfare Scheme in respect of the herd number listed for the person named, and thus the person named was not due a payment under Year 1 of the Scheme.

However, an application was received from the person named on 26 January 2018 in respect of the 2018 Sheep Welfare Scheme. Such applications in respect of the second year of the Scheme are currently being processed.

With regard to the Beef Data and Genomics Programme, an application to participate in the BDGP was not received from the person named. However the person named has recently applied to take over participation in the Programme from the original applicant. This request is currently being processed and payment will issue when the change has been finalised, subject to compliance with the requirements of the BDGP.