Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (481)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

481. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the case of persons (details supplied) will be examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47290/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The person named submitted a successful application to my Department under the Young Farmers Scheme in 2015 as the eligible young farmer on the joint herd number shown. Payment under the Young Farmers Scheme is made for a maximum of five years and is determined by the date of commencement of agricultural activity of the young farmer. In the case where a young farmer has already been carrying out an agricultural activity, either individually or as part of a group, this period of agricultural activity is included in the calculation of the five year period.

In 2018, a review of the Young Farmers Scheme application under the herd number shown identified that the person named had commenced agricultural activity under a separate herd number in 2011 and had been the sole name on this herd number until May 2013. The person named was therefore not eligible to receive payment under the Young Farmers Scheme in 2017 and subsequent years. The person named was notified in writing of the outcome of the review and the proposed recoupment of Young Farmers Scheme monies paid in respect of 2017. He was also given the option to appeal this decision. An appeal from the person named has now been received and will be fully considered on the basis of the information provided. The outcome of the appeal will be notified in writing to the person named as soon as possible when completed.