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Written Answers. - Area Aid Applications.

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 4

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 174. Mr. Ring Information on Michael Ring Zoom on Michael Ring  asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food Information on Joe Walsh Zoom on Joe Walsh  the quota persons appealing their de-stocking requirements should put down on their area aid applications for 2003; if it is the new recommended quota; and if these persons leave down the old quota that they have. [24429/02]

 175. Mr. Ring Information on Michael Ring Zoom on Michael Ring  asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food Information on Joe Walsh Zoom on Joe Walsh  if farmers get paid on the quota they held in 2002, following de-stocking requirements. [24430/02]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh Zoom on Joe Walsh I propose to take Questions Nos. 174 and 175 together.

Farmers appealing their destocking requirements and who are applying under the 2003 ewe premium scheme should declare on their applications the number of eligible ewes which they intend to retain on their holdings for the retention period. It is not a requirement to declare their ewe quota on any aid application.

Farmers who applied for premium under the 2002 ewe premium scheme were paid on the number of eligible ewes or on their 2002 quota, whichever was the lesser. Farmers applying for premium under the 2003 ewe premium scheme will also be paid on the number of eligible ewes or on their 2003 ewe quota, whichever is the lesser.

Any farmer who wishes to have his ewe quota clarified may contact the Quota Unit of my Department at Michael Davitt House, Castlebar on Lo-Call 1-890 200 507.

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 176. Mr. Ring Information on Michael Ring Zoom on Michael Ring  asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food Information on Joe Walsh Zoom on Joe Walsh  if there is a mistake on the de- stocking calculation for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. [24431/02]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh Zoom on Joe Walsh My Department noticed an error in the destocking calculation on a small number of letters which issued recently and this error has since been corrected. The person named, who was one of the farmers concerned, was notified last week of his correct quota position for 2003.


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