Thursday, 21 November 2019

Ceisteanna (168)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

168. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a farm payment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48279/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The person named submitted a 2019 Basic Payment Scheme/Areas of Natural Constraints schemes application on 17 April 2019. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and comprehensive administrative checks, including, in some cases, Ground Eligibility inspections, be completed before any payments issue.

The application of the person named was selected for a Ground Eligibility inspection. The outcome of this inspection is currently being finalised with the intention of issuing any payment due as soon as possible. In the event that any queries arise, officials in my Department will be in contact with the person named.

Payments have recently commenced to BEEP participants who have completed the weighing and submission of data in respect of all of their eligible animals. According to records submitted to the Department, the person named had not submitted weights for all his eligible animals. Therefore his payment has not yet issued. Final payments, including to the person named, are scheduled for December 2019.