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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 168 - 177
 Header Item Land Transfers
 Header Item Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Appeals
 Header Item Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments
 Header Item Agri-Environment Options Scheme Payments
 Header Item Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Appeals
 Header Item Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Appeals
 Header Item Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Appeals
 Header Item Ceadúnas Imeal Trá agus Dobharshaothraithe
 Header Item Agriculture Schemes Eligibility
 Header Item Single Payment Scheme Expenditure

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 788 No. 2

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Written Answers Nos. 168 - 177

Land Transfers

 168. Deputy Michael Moynihan Information on Michael Moynihan Zoom on Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney if a person who has land or a farm valued at €400,000, and is thinking of transferring this to his son or daughter in 2013/2014, if there are any changes envisaged by him in relation to transfers for 2014 as opposed to what is in place this year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2093/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney  Proposals for EU Regulations governing the CAP reform were published in October 2011 and negotiations are ongoing at present. Unfortunately it is still too early to predict what the finer detail of any agreement will be. It is impossible therefore to speculate or indeed to advise on the best options for farmers at this stage. However under the current proposal farmers who have received payment on one or more entitlements in 2010 or 2011 will have entitlements established under the new scheme   if they apply in the first year of the scheme. Alternative provisions will be made for farmers who have entered into farming after 2011.

  It has now been confirmed that the new Scheme will commence in 2015.

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Appeals

 169. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney when a decision will be made in relation to a derogation appeal lodged by a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2094/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney    While the person named appealed to the DAS Appeals Committee, he was among a high percentage of applicants who submitted supporting documentation with their appeals which had not previously been submitted to my Department This necessitated further examination by my Department before the necessity to refer the appeals in question to the Appeals Committee could be confirmed.

  In this case, the additional documentation was sufficient to allow the appeal. Accordingly, processing of the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application was recently finalised, and payment will shortly issue to the nominated bank account.

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments

 170. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the reason he informed this Deputy that a person (details supplied) in County Galway, received their 2012 disadvantaged area payment on 3 November 2012, when it transpires that this person has not received this payment to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [2095/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney    I regret that, due to an error, the Deputy was inadvertently not given the correct position in relation to the payment status of the person concerned in my earlier reply. I would now like to take the opportunity to correct the record in this regard.

  The factual position, as of 4 December 2012, was that processing of the application was ongoing. However, in the interim, the process has been finalised, with the holding of the person named having been confirmed as satisfying the Scheme minimum stocking density requirements. Consequently, payment will issue in the coming days, directly to the nominated bank account.    

Agri-Environment Options Scheme Payments

 171. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney when a person (details supplied) in County Galway will be issued with their 2012 agri environment options scheme payment; the reasons for the delay in payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [2097/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney  The person named was approved for participation in the 2011 Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from 1st September 2011 and has received full payment totalling €1,333.32 in respect of 2011.

  Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme, a comprehensive administrative check of all applications, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must be completed before any payment can issue. During these checks a query was identified in relation to the Natura owned parcel. This problem is presently being addressed and payment will issue at the earliest opportunity once all validations have been successfully completed.

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Appeals

 172. Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney if a decision has been made on an appeal to the disadvantaged area appeals committee in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2098/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney    The appeal of the person named was recently forwarded to the DAS Appeals Committee for consideration; immediately that Committee has adjudicated on this appeal, the person concerned will be notified of its decision, in writing.

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Appeals

 173. Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney if a decision has been made on an appeal to the disadvantaged area appeals committee in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2099/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney  Payment under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme has not yet issued as, at this stage, the holding concerned has not yet satisfied the Scheme minimum stocking density requirements for 2012. An exercise to take account of December 2012 data, which has recently become available, is currently ongoing and is scheduled to be completed before the end of January, thereby establishing the definitive position of the holding of the person named and other similarly affected scheme applicants. Should that re-validation confirm that the holding has satisfied the Scheme requirements, the case will be further processed with a view to payment issuing at the earliest possible date thereafter.

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Appeals

 174. Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney if a decision has been made on an appeal to the disadvantaged area appeals committee in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2102/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney  The appeal of the person named was recently forwarded to the DAS Appeals Committee for consideration; immediately that Committee has adjudicated on this appeal, the person concerned will be notified of its decision, in writing.

Ceadúnas Imeal Trá agus Dobharshaothraithe

 175. D'fhiafraigh Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív den Aire Talmhaíochta, Bia agus Mara Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney cé mhéad aighneacht atá faighte ag a Roinn i leith an iarratais atá déanta ag Bord Iascaigh Mhara ar cheadúnas le haghaidh feirm mhór éisc a lonnú i gCuan na Gaillimhe idir cósta Chontae an Chláir agus Inis Oírr; cén uair a dhéanfar cinneadh ar an iarratas; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. [2114/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney Tá an chéim Comhairliúcháin Phoiblí maidir leis an iarratas ar Cheadúnas Imeal Trá agus Dobharshaothraithe a ndearna an Teachta tagairt dó thart anois agus tá 409 aighneacht bhailí ar fad faighte ag mo Roinn. Tá breithniú á dhéanamh ag mo Roinn faoi láthair ar an iarratas agus ar an Ráiteas Tionchair Timpeallachta a ghabhann leis de réir fhorálacha an Achta Iascaigh (Leasú) 1997 agus an Achta Imeall Trágha 1933.

Déanfar cinneadh maidir leis an iarratas chomh luath agus is féidir. Ní bheadh sé cóir domsa tuilleadh a rá faoin iarratas seo atá faoi bhreithniú gníomhach mar chuid de phróiseas reachtúil.

Agriculture Schemes Eligibility

 176. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the farming educational qualifications needed to avail of specific agricultural schemes, such as young farmer schemes and to be eligible for single payment entitlements from the national reserve and to be entitled to milk quota from the national reserve; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2118/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney In relation to the Single Farm Payment, for the purpose of eligibility under the National Reserve Scheme, new entrants to farming must have obtained a FETAC Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture or its equivalent. The green certificate in farming is regarded as equivalent for this purpose.

Three Milk Quota Schemes have the following minimum educational requirements:

Milk Quota Schemes Minimum Educational Requirements
New Entrants to the Milk Quota Trading Scheme Under 35 year olds: ACOT/Teagasc Certificate in Farming or NCVA Certificate in Rural Enterprise (Green Cert)
New Entrants to Dairying Scheme Under 35 year olds: ACOT/Teagasc Certificate in Farming or NCVA Certificate in Rural Enterprise (Green Cert)

Over 35 year olds: The FETAC Certificates for 100 Hours and 80 Hours Teagasc approved training programme
Development Programme for Dairying: Farm managers: First Farm Managers Certificate (awarded by the Farm Apprenticeship Board); or (ii) an Advanced Certificate in Farm Management; or (iii) a FETAC level 6 Advance Certificate in Agriculture (with priority being given to holders of FETAC level 6 Advance Certificate in Dairy Herd Management).

Sons/daughters: FETAC level 6 Advance Certificate in Agriculture (with priority being given to holders of FETAC level 6 Advance Certificate in Dairy Herd Management).

Single Payment Scheme Expenditure

 177. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the estimated cost of paying all farmers in receipt of the single payment €100/ha on the first 20ha; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2120/13]

 178. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the estimated cost of paying all farmers in receipt of the single payment €100/ha on the second 20ha; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2121/13]

 179. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the estimated cost of paying all farmers in receipt of the single payment €100/ha on the third 20ha; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2122/13]

 180. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the estimated cost of paying all farmers in receipt of the single payment €100/ha on all land in excess of 60ha; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2123/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney I propose to take Questions Nos. 177 to 180, inclusive, together.

  The 2010 SPS payment database, which my Department has used to model various CAP reform proposals, can be summarised as follows:

Number of farms Total area (ha) 2010 SPS payment € Avg payt per ha €
129,911 4,717,560 1,247,527,160 264


  The database shows the following distribution of farms by size category:
Size category of farms No of farms % of farms
3 to 20 ha 46,572 36%
20 to 40 ha 42,375 33%
40 to 60 ha 21,787 17%
> 60 ha 19,177 15%
Total 129,911 100%


  Note that farms of less than 3 hectares are excluded from the modelling database.

  If all farms were paid €100 per hectare on the first 20 hectares (or on the total eligible area for farms below 20 hectares), with the balance of the farm land paid at the farmer’s average rate per hectare in 2010, the total cost would be an estimated €907 million.

  If all farms were paid €100 per hectare on the first 40 hectares (or on the total eligible area for farms below 40 hectares), with the balance of the farm land paid at the farmer’s average rate per hectare in 2010, the total cost would be an estimated €699 million.

  If all farms were paid €100 per hectare on the first 60 hectares (or on the total eligible area for farms below 60 hectares), with the balance of the farm land paid at the farmer’s average rate per hectare in 2010, the total cost would be an estimated €592 million.

  If all farms were paid €100 per hectare on their total eligible area, the total cost would be an estimated €472 million.


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