Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (492)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

492. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the financial allocations on an annual basis under the 2014-2020 RDP for the organic farming scheme; the annual amount expended on the scheme in each year since established; the number of active participants in the scheme; the number of approved applicants that subsequently withdrew from the scheme; the number of successful applicants in each year of the scheme; the number of unsuccessful applicants in each year of the scheme to date; the appeals process in place; the number of approved applicants in the scheme that received payments in each year of scheme by advance and balancing payments approved applicants that did not receive payments in each year by advance and balancing payments in tabular form; and if he is considering reopening the organic farm scheme. [47681/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The details requested by the Deputy are currently being compiled but will take some time to complete. The answer will be provided directly to the Deputy as soon as complete.

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A
I refer to Parliamentary Question 47681/19 of 19 November 2019 that you raised with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The information requested regarding the Organic Farming Scheme is set out below and in the following table.
The Organic Farming Scheme (OFS) under the current RDP 2014-2020 was launched in 2015. There are currently 1,530 participants in the OFS which includes applicants who availed of the opportunity to extend their contracts. For those farmers who were unsuccessful in the tranche that reopened in November 2018, details of the appeals process were included in the letters informing them of the decision. Each unsuccessful applicant was offered the right to appeal the decision to the Organic Section within ten working days of the date of their letter. If dissatisfied with the outcome of that review they could then appeal the decision to the Agriculture Appeals Office.
It is important to note that this was a targeted re-opening and that the Minister fully expects that there will be a new Organics Scheme under the next CAP. The Minister would encourage all stakeholders to make their views known on the shape of this future scheme as part of the wider CAP consultation process.
Organic Farming Scheme

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Financial

Allocation

Expenditure

Withdrawals

Successful applicants

Unsuccessful applicants

Advance

Payments

Made

Balancing Payments

Made

Advance Payments not yet made

Balancing Payments not yet made

2015

€12m

11

942

1580

1580

2016

€10m

€8m

29

380

1664

1664

2017

€10.5m

€8.8m

14

1575

1573

3

3

2018

€10.5m

€10.5m

17

1483

1450

8

15

2019

€11m

€8.6m

3

55

111

1279

216

 
Note: 2019 expenditure is at 30 November 2019. All eligible participants are contracted to receive a payment in respect of 2020. The advance payments for 2020 will commence in the 4th quarter of 2020 with the balancing payment issuing in 2021.
It must also be noted that 2014 Organic Farming Scheme payments were also issued from this budget.