Dáil Éireann - Volume 426 - 25 February, 1993

Written Answers. - Sheep Quota.

[1884] 206. Mr. E. Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be allocated an increased sheep quota.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): The relevant EC regulations provide for ewe premium quotas to be based on the number of ewes on which a producer was paid the ewe premium in 1991, provided that the producer also applied for the premium in 1992.

The person named meets both of these conditions and will be granted a quota based on the number of ewes on which he was paid premium in 1991, less a deduction for the national reserve. However, the EC regulations also provide for the establishment of both a national reserve and a special reserve for the disadvantaged areas for allocation to certain categories of sheep producers. When the criteria for the allocation of these reserves to Irish sheep producers have been finalised it will be open to the person named to submit an application to my Department, along with supporting documentation, seeking an allocation from the reserve quotas.

207. Mr. E. Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be allocated a sheep quota.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): The person named is not entitled to a sheep quota because he did not apply for the ewe premium under the 1991 and 1992 ewe premium schemes. However, the EC regulations provide for the establishment of both a national reserve and a special reserve for the disadvantaged areas for allocation to certain categories of sheep producers. When the criteria for the allocation of these reserves to Irish sheep producers have been finalised, it will be open to the person named to submit an application to my Department, along [1885] with supporting documentation, seeking an allocation from the reserve quotas.