Dáil Éireann - Volume 621 - 14 June, 2006

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if an appeal for farm entitlements will be expedited for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22908/06]

  Mary Coughlan: The person named submitted an [1302] application for an allocation of entitlements from the Single Payments Scheme National Reserve under category C.

Category C caters for farmers who, between 1 January 2000 and 19 October 2003, sold the milk quota into the Milk Quota Restructuring Scheme and converted their enterprise to a farming sector for which a direct payment under Livestock Premia/or Arable Aid Schemes would have been payable during the reference period 2000 to 2002.

A formal letter setting out my Department’s decision has issued to the person named and he has been notified that if he is dissatisfied with my Department’s decision in relation to the National Reserve he now has the opportunity to appeal this decision to the Independent Payment Appeals Committee. An appeals application form is available from any of my Department’s offices or on the Department website at www.agriculture.gov.ie.

Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when the extensification grant will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22967/06]

  Mary Coughlan: The person named lodged four applications under the 2004 EU Special Beef Premium Scheme dated 27 January 2004, 12 October 2004, 15 December 2004 and 29 December 2004 in respect of fourteen animals, two animals, twenty-two animals and two animals respectively.

Following computer validation it was found that one of the animals applied for on 12 October 2004 had been sold before expiry of the regulatory two-month retention period, thus giving rise to a 2.12% reduction penalty. Three under age animals applied for on the application dated 15 December 2004 were deleted as innocent errors.

Payments amounting to €4,540.34 in total issued to the person named in respect of his four applications under the 2004 EU Special Beef Premium Scheme, representing full payment on a total of thirty-six eligible animals i.e forty animals applied upon, less three under age and one rejected. These payments reflected the 2.12% penalty and the quota cut reductions due following the breach of the 2004 National Ceiling for Special Beef Premium.

Payable orders for €2,098.56 and €149.79 issued on 26 May 2005 and 10 October 2005 respectively representing his full entitlement to 2004 Extensification Premium on the thirty-six eligible animals. These payments also reflected the 2.12% penalty and the quota cut reductions due following the breach of the 2004 National Ceiling for Special Beef Premium.