Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (472)

Jackie Cahill

Ceist:

472. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the case of a person (detail supplied) will be investigated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47081/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The person named is the owner of a 1.86 hectare woodland planted in 2011 under the Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme. The site was originally planted with Ash but, in 2017, the Department confirmed that the Ash was infected with Ash Dieback disease necessitating the removal of the trees. The trees were subsequently removed and replaced with Oak in December 2017.

As the annual rate of forestry premium for Oak (€515/ha) is higher than the annual rate of forestry premium for Ash (€481/ha), the person named is entitled to a €63.24 increase to the annual forestry premium from 2018 onwards. Payment of the arrears due for 2018 and 2019 has been approved and will be issued shortly.