Thursday, 12 December 2019

Ceisteanna (287)

Declan Breathnach

Ceist:

287. Deputy Declan Breathnach asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of farm payments under the basic payment scheme, ANC, BDGP, BEAM and knowledge transfer for a person (details supplied); the reason farmers are still waiting on farm payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52413/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The person named submitted a 2019 Basic Payment/Areas of Natural Constraints Schemes application on the 9th March 2019. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and comprehensive administrative checks, including in some cases remote sensing (i.e. satellite) inspections, be completed before any payments issue.

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

The person named is also a participant in the Beef Data and Genomics programme (BDGP). Payments under this scheme, including the person named, are currently being processed and will issue in the coming days.

An application under BEAM was received from the person named on the 20th August 2019 and a scheme acceptance letter issued on the 11th October 2019. Payments under this measure are currently being processed and will issue in the coming days.

With respect to the Knowledge Transfer (KT) programme, the participant's group was selected for random quality inspection on the Farm Improvement Plan Element (including Animal Health Measure) in line with EU requirements. This inspection has now been concluded and has been cleared for payment in the next round of KT Beef Participant payments which is expected to issue shortly.