Written Answers - Disadvantaged Areas Scheme

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 724 No. 3
Unrevised

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  106.  Deputy John Deasy  Information on John Deasy  Zoom on John Deasy   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food  Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith   the number of farmers in County Waterford in receipt of disadvantaged farm aid in each of the past five years and to date in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46722/10]

[741]Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  The payments made to farmers in Waterford under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme since 2005 were as follows:

County Year Numbers Paid Amount Paid
Waterford 2010 1,336 2,876,623.22
Waterford 2009 1,433 3,243,237.68
Waterford 2008 1,470 3,842,174.06
Waterford 2007 1,477 3,871,046.76
Waterford 2006 1,421 3,793,091.85
Waterford 2005 1,424 3,054,660.95

Payments to farmers for the period 2005 to 2009 have been fully completed unless there are issues of inheritance or other similar transfers in isolated cases. The 2010 payments under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme, which commenced on 22 September continue to be made to farmers as there application is fully processed and clear of errors. I am confident that, by year-end, payments to farmers nationally will be well in excess of €200 million under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme.

I can confirm that every effort is being made to clear remaining cases for payment at the earliest possible date and, to this end, regular payment runs continue to be made.


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