Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Ceisteanna (439)

Pat Breen

Ceist:

439. Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of an application by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39680/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Under the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM), aid will be paid on adult cattle slaughtered between September 24, 2018, and May 12, 2019, at a rate of €100 per animal subject to a maximum of 100 finished animals per herd.  Aid will also be paid on suckler cows that calved in 2018, at a rate of €40 per animal subject to a maximum of 40 sucklers per herd. In order to be eligible for payment, applicants needed to have animals that met these eligibility criteria in the relevant period and be a participant on one of the following schemes;

- Organic Farm Scheme (OFS)

=- Green Low Carbon Agri-Environmental Scheme (GLAS)

- Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP)

- Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP)

or

- Be a participant or agree to join the Bord Bia – Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme (SBLAS)

Any potential applicant who did not meet these criteria retained the right to submit an application under appeal where they could outline their case for inclusion in the scheme and give details of the eligibility criteria they believed they met. These appeals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis prior to payment being made.

Applications for BEAM were accepted between the 19th August 2019 and the 20th September 2019 and, while an audit of the activity log for the BEAM system shows the person named interacted with the system on the 4th of September, there is no record of any application actually being submitted from the person named prior to the closing date of the 20th of September 2019.