Written Answers - Farm Waste Management.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 678 No. 2

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  962.  Deputy Bernard J. Durkan  Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food  Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith   the progress to date in meeting in full the payments to farmers arising from measures adopted to alleviate farm waste pollution; if he intends or expects to bring about improvements in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11291/09]

[552]Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  2057The arrangements for payment of grants under the Farm Waste Management Scheme on a phased basis have been confirmed with 40 per cent being paid this year as claims are approved. A further 40 per cent will be paid in early January 2010 and the remaining 20 per cent in January 2011. I have also announced that a special ex gratia payment not exceeding 3.5 per cent of the value of the deferred amount will be made to farmers whose Farm Waste Management grants have been partially deferred. This payment will be made in January 2011 along with the final instalment.


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