Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Dáil Éireann Debate
287. Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when REPS 4 and suckler cow payments will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8643/11]
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Simon Coveney): The person named commenced REPS 4 in June 2008. The person named received the year 1 payments in July and November 2009 and the year 2 payments in December 2009 and March 2010. The first instalment of 75% of the year 3 payment was made in February 2011. Payment of the balance of 25% cannot be made until outstanding checks are finalised and compliance with the scheme conditions has been fully established. Payment will issue to the person named at the earliest possible date once all checks have been completed.
Under the terms and conditions of the Suckler Welfare Scheme, herds of more than 10 cows must use a graduated weaning process and the animals must be weaned in at least two separate groups with at least five days between the weaning of each group. Payment cannot issue to the person named until all animals have been weaned in compliance with this condition.
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