Wednesday, 1 November 2006
Dáil Eireann Debate
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): The person concerned is an applicant under the Farm Waste Management Scheme. The application is being considered and a decision will be made in respect of the application as soon as possible.
519. Mr. Perry asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the reason a person (details supplied) in County Sligo has not had a response from her Department officials in relation to their single payment entitlements; the reason for the delays in processing their file; when the top up will be included; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35155/06]
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): As outlined in reply to a previous Question from the Deputy, the person named applied to the 2005 National Reserve for an allocation of entitlements under Category D. This category caters for farmers who commenced farming after 31 December 2002 or who commenced farming in 2002 but did not receive any direct payments in respect of that scheme year. The person named was deemed successful under this category.
However the person named also inherited land from a person who was the previous registered herdowner. In these circumstances the person named automatically inherits any entitlements established for the person from whom the land was inherited. The farmer from whom the land was inherited did not submit an Area Aid application during the 2000-02 reference period and because of this, while a Single Payment was established for that person the payment was not broken down into entitlements. It was therefore necessary to convert that Single Payment into standard entitlements before making an allocation from the National Reserve. This conversion is now complete and the entitlements have been topped up by an allocation from the National Reserve. A formal letter outlining the National Reserve allocation has issued to the person named and payment will issue shortly.
520. Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if a landowner can stack their single farm entitlements where part of their lands have been taken over for the construction of a motorway; the procedure involved; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35174/06]
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): A person may apply to consolidate his/her Entitlements where the land is lost as a result of a Compulsory Purchase Order for non-agricultural purposes, as long as this land was farmed by the farmer during the reference period (2000-2002) and was used to establish his or her Single Payment Entitlements. A person cannot consolidate below 50% of the average number of hectares farmed during the reference period.
The 2006 Consolidation Application form is available on my Department’s Website, or from my Department’s Office in Portlaoise (Consolidation Section, Department of Agriculture and Food, Eircom Building, Knockmay, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Lo-Call 1890 252240).
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