Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Ceisteanna (459)

Brendan Griffin

Ceist:

459. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if medical evidence submitted by a person (details attached) will be considered as force majeure in respect of an area of natural constraints scheme application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49929/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The person named submitted an application for the 2019 Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme on the 18th April 2019 with a declared forage area of 69.9 hectares.

As set out in the Terms and Conditions for the ANC Scheme, applicants to the scheme are required to meet the minimum stocking density requirements. However, the named individual did not reach the minimum stocking retention requirements in the calendar year 2019.

The medical evidence submitted by the person named on 26th November has now been examined. However, the details provided do not satisfy the requirements for an exemption in this case. A letter outlining this decision will now be sent directly to the person named. This letter will set out the option for a further appeal to the independent Agriculture Appeals Office.