Walsh, Joe

Tuesday, 15 February 2000

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 514 No. 3

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Written Answers. - Milk Quota.

Was asked: the reason for his Department's decision to change the regulations governing the milk quota regime.More Button

The regulatory framework arising from the Agenda 2000 agreement allows for greater flexibility in the operation of the milk quota regime. I have decided to take the opportunity to make changes in the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the amount of EU or Government payments made in direct aid to farmers through suckler cow premia, beef premia, beef cow and headage payments in 1999; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

More than £702 million was paid out to farmers in 1999 under the various headage, premium and arable aid schemes. Of this amount, a total of £388 million was paid to farmers under the suckler cow prem...More Button

Written Answers. - Farm Incomes.

Was asked: his Department's best estimate of family farm income earned in 1999; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

According to figures recently published by the CSO, aggregate farm income for 1999 was estimated at £1.6365 billion. The CSO does not provide data relating to family farm income.More Button

Written Answers. - Farmer Numbers.

Was asked: the number of full-time farmers on 31 December 1989 and on 31 December 1999 or on the nearest census to those dates; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There is not a standard definition of full-time farmers. The CSO provides data relating to labour input on farms. In its 1999 estimate of agricultural labour input it estimated that a total of 91,300 ...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Disposal.

Was asked: his views on the cost of disposal of abattoir offal; the arrangements, if any, in place for such disposal; if his attention has been drawn to the huge increase in fees to licensed butchers in respect ...More Button

I was aware of an increase in the cost of the collection and disposal of offal in the latter part of last year. These increases were caused by an international downturn in the demand for animal feed b...More Button

Written Answers. - Beef Industry Charges.

Was asked: the veterinary and other charges deducted on cattle for slaughter; and the way in which this compares to the position in Northern Ireland.More Button

Veterinary meat inspection fees are charged on the basis of actual costs per plant. EU regulations allow meat plants to pass on to cattle producers that element of the cost that is appropriate to slau...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a cattle headage payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal.More Button

The person named amended his original 1999 area aid application to include a new plot. This new plot is currently being entered on the Department's electronic database. When this process has been comp...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a 1999 sheep headage payment in view of the fact that he returned maps to the area aid unit last November.More Button

The person named included commonage in his 1999 area aid application, but did not provide proof of his entitlement to claim this commonage. The herdowner was contacted in this regard and has since pro...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive the balance payment on his sheep headage and premia on 98 sheep.More Button

Payment of the balance due under the 1999 sheep headage scheme was made to the person named on 8 February 2000. Payment of the first and second advance of the 1999 ewe premium was made to the person n...More Button

Was asked: the situation regarding an application for installation aid by a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

This application could not be processed until the applicant had farmed for the necessary full production year and this was achieved by December 1999. The applicant has been requested to provide furthe...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be paid three outstanding grants under the farm improvement scheme.More Button

Two grant payments totalling £989 issued to the person named on 9 February under the farm improvement programme. A further payment of £792 under the programme will issue within the next two weeks.More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made on the application for suckler cow quota by a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named has applied for an allocation of suckler cow quota from the year 2000 national reserve. He applied under category D which is reserved for farmers who do not qualify under the priority...More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has received full entitlements under the cull ewe scheme.More Button

Under the Dúchas compensation scheme for ewes culled under the 1998 ewe supplementary measure the rates of payment were fixed at £25 for the loss of each premium under the 1999 ewe premium scheme, £11...More Button

Was asked: if he will review the decision to refuse additional milk quota to a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will take into account the medical evidence submitted.More Button

The eligibility criteria for the allocation to producers of the additional 20.5 million gallons of milk quota negotiated under Agenda 2000 were set out in my reply to parliamentary Question No. 42 of ...More Button

Was asked: when a control of farmyard pollution grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

Payment under the national control of farm pollution scheme will issue to the person named within the next ten days.More Button

Was asked: when a suckler cow payment will be made to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal.More Button

The person named was paid £79.88 advance payment of the 1999 suckler cow premium on 25 November 1999. A further payment of euro compensation amounting to £7.09 was paid on 20 December 1999. The balanc...More Button

Was asked: when ten month beef premium payments will be made to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named applied for special beef premium in respect of 15 animals on 9 November 1999. The applicant subsequently informed the special beef premium unit that one animal died within the retenti...More Button

Written Answers. - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: if the 5.055% reduction in farm retirement pensions which occurred in 1999 has been paid in full to all retired farmers participating in the scheme; if this back money was paid by the EU; the total am...More Button

The reduction in the rate of pension under the scheme of early retirement from farming arose from the revaluation of the Irish pound on the introduction of the euro in January 1999 and will continue ...More Button

Was asked: if he has submitted a new scheme of early retirement from farming to the EU for approval; if so, when this plan was lodged; the proposals submitted to the EU; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

My Department submitted a draft rural development plan, which included proposals for a new scheme of early retirement from farming, to the European Commission on 27 December last. The Commission has s...More Button

Was asked: the amount allocated in the National Development Plan 2000-2006 for the early retirement scheme from farming; the number of retiring farmers who could be facilitated annually by this money; and if he ...More Button

The amount allocated for the early retirement scheme in the national development plan for the years 2000 to 2006 is £565 million. On the basis of information available to my Department some 8,000 appl...More Button

Written Answers. - Turbary Rights.

Was asked: if he can confirm that the area or turbary around a house (details supplied) in County Mayo was not assigned to the Land Commission; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have arranged to have the matter investigated and to have my Department communicate directly with the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers. - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: if persons (details supplied) in County Wexford are in receipt of the maximum rate of early retirement pension; and, if not, the rate being paid.More Button

The persons named are in receipt of the maximum rate of early retirement pension, which is £9,509.83 per annum or £792.50 per month.More Button

Written Answers. - Leader Programmes.

Was asked: the reason information (details supplied) required regarding Leader funding is not being supplied.More Button

The information required was forwarded to the Deputy on 3 February 2000 by the Leader group concerned, Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta. The group can be contacted directly by the Deputy for any furth...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive 1999 headage and premia in view of the fact he has submitted evidence of his entitlement to claim the holding; and if he will confirm detai...More Button

As stated in my reply to parliamentary Question No. 297 of 26 January 2000, one of the parcels claimed by the person named in his 1999 area aid application overlaps with a parcel of land claimed by an...More Button

Written Answers. - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Was asked: further to parliamentary Question No. 138 of 2 February 2000, the position in relation to forage areas in the area aid scheme and extensification scheme where part of the declared forage area includes...More Button

Commission Regulation 3887/92 which lays down the detailed rules for implementing the integrated administration and control system requires that each forage area must be available for rearing animals ...More Button

Written Answers. - Pigmeat Sector.

Was asked: if the National Development Plan 2000-2006 provides for grant assistance to pig producers to enable them to reach the higher animal welfare standards imposed by European Union rules; and if he will ma...More Button

The National Development Plan 2000-2006 provides for grant assistance to pig producers but, as I indicated in my reply to Question No. 255 on 26 January, the precise disbursement of funding under this...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a REP scheme payment will be made to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

Payment issued to the person named on 3 February 2000.More Button

Was asked: if he will reconsider the decision to refuse an installation grant to a person (details supplied) in County Limerick in view of the fact that he did not adhere to the two year education programme beca...More Button

It is a strict condition of the scheme of installation aid for young farmers that an applicant must fulfil the occupational skill and competence requirements at the date of setting up as a full-time f...More Button

Was asked: his views on the fact that a person (details supplied) in County Limerick will have to repay an overpayment over five years; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that, when the spouse of the re...More Button

The person named sought admission to the scheme under the joint management arrangement with her husband. It is a condition of the scheme that in a joint management application, a participant or a part...More Button


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