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Agriculture Schemes

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 2 November 2021

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Ceisteanna (1225, 1226)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Ceist:

1225. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the rules of eligibility pertaining to equines under the present ANC scheme; if it is proposed to change these rules in the forthcoming CAP; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52913/21]

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Éamon Ó Cuív

Ceist:

1226. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the rules of eligibility pertaining to donkeys under the present ANC scheme; if it is proposed to change these rules in the forthcoming CAP; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52914/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1225 and 1226 together.

As outlined in the terms and conditions of the 2021 Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme, applicants must satisfy minimum stocking requirements in order to be eligible for payment.

Equines (Horses/Donkeys) are eligible for inclusion in the stocking requirement calculations subject to specific criteria including:

- Registration of the premises where equines are kept with the Department in accordance with S.I. No. 8 of 2012, Diseases of Animals Act 1966 (Registration of Horse Premises) Order 2012.

- Submission of Proof of ownership documents in the form of the original passport which must be in the applicant’s name.

- In the case of horses, specific requirements concerning breeding enterprise criteria and equine age apply.

- Only 50% of the stocking requirements can be fulfilled using donkeys and applicants must use other livestock to fulfil the other 50% requirement.

Work on the details of the schemes to be introduced under the new CAP is currently under way and details of the structure and requirements of the proposed successor scheme to the Areas of Natural Constraints scheme are not yet available. These details will be published by the Department once this process has been completed and the details have been approved by the European Commission.

Question No. 1226 answered with Question No. 1225.
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