Thursday, 13 December 2018

Ceisteanna (176)

Peter Burke


176. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of applicants and the amount paid to same for each scheme (details supplied) in 2018. [52623/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Under the 2018 Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) Scheme some 100,800 applicants hold eligible designated lands.  However, not all these applicants will be eligible for payment.  To date some 91,190 applicants have been paid a total of €219.2m under the 2018 ANC Scheme.  Payments under the scheme are continuing on a weekly basis. 

Balancing payments for BPS and Greening commenced on schedule on the 3rd of December with €1.15bn issuing to 121,200 farmers to date (98.5% of cases currently with entitlements).  This includes €17 million that has been paid to participants under the Young Farmers Scheme. Regular pay runs will continue to take place to ensure that cases that become clear for payment are paid as quickly as possible.

Advance payments under the Sheep Welfare Scheme issued at the end of November at a rate of 85% with a total of €15.1 million paid to 18,600 participants. 

Payments under the 2018 Beef Data and Genomics Programme are scheduled to commence shortly.