Thursday, 6 December 2018

Ceisteanna (7)

Martin Heydon

Ceist:

7. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the payments made to date under the areas of natural constraints scheme by county. [51172/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The detailed county by county breakdown requested by the Deputy follows and will be entered into the record. To date in 2018, a total of €219.2 million has been paid to some 91,190 farmers.

The total allocation for Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme has been increased by €48million over the course of the last two Budgets, with the result that the allocation has been restored to pre-downturn levels. In 2018, payment levels across all categories of land in the Scheme were increased, with the highest level of increases being targeted at those areas faced with the highest levels of constraint.

For 2019, the Scheme is being redesigned in line with the requirements of the EU Regulations, and as part of this process payment rates across all categories of land will be increased again. This change requires a formal amendment to the Rural Development Programme (RDP), and I have now submitted the new payment rates to the Monitoring Committee for the RDP as part of this process. As with the 2018 increases, higher increases will be targeted at those areas facing the highest level of constraint on their land.

County

Num Applied

Num Eligible

Num Paid

Paid Amt

Carlow

1,080

735

681

1,624,068.94

Cavan

4,853

4,765

4,428

10,059,686.74

Clare

6,071

6,009

5,609

13,932,445.88

Cork

11,065

7,083

6,386

16,745,482.24

Donegal

8,907

8,669

7,557

20,405,572.49

Dublin

260

160

135

329,843.28

Galway

12,082

11,929

10,725

25,531,952.66

Kerry

7,791

7,630

6,857

18,796,102.39

Kildare

1,242

529

473

966,439.06

Kilkenny

2,849

1,724

1,577

3,692,511.95

Laois

2,462

1,685

1,537

3,377,373.79

Leitrim

3,462

3,421

3,126

7,838,645.24

Limerick

4,463

2,932

2,678

5,669,677.11

Longford

2,387

2,349

2,160

4,847,015.65

Louth

1,136

786

670

1,301,788.09

Mayo

11,444

11,353

10,224

24,931,023.97

Meath

2,579

1,332

1,215

2,380,619.53

Monaghan

4,138

4,035

3,693

7,593,697.32

Offaly

2,902

2,408

2,177

4,539,079.57

Roscommon

5,658

5,599

5,121

11,795,353.09

Sligo

3,984

3,935

3,550

8,459,942.28

Tipperary

6,202

4,452

4,043

9,439,741.43

Waterford

2,107

1,431

1,259

3,041,227.90

Westmeath

2,938

2,646

2,422

4,980,185.26

Wexford

3,075

1,501

1,274

2,582,489.29

Wicklow

2,026

1,806

1,616

4,410,591.20

Total

117,163

100,904

91,193

219,272,556.35

Questions Nos. 8 to 12, inclusive, answered orally.