Dáil Éireann - Volume 548 - 19 February, 2002

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

  138. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development if a person [1296] (details supplied) in County Mayo received all entitlements for 2001. [5398/02]

  Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (Mr. Walsh): The person named did not submit applications under the 2001 suckler cow or special beef premia schemes.

  He was paid €2,757.58, £2,171.77, on 24 September 2001 under the area-based compensatory allowance scheme in respect of 48.26 hectares of mountain type land at €57.14, £45, per hectare. This compares with his average headage payment of €716.98, £564.67, under the old animal-based headage schemes in the three years 1998, 1999 and 2000.

  Following a thorough review of the area-based compensatory allowance scheme, proposals have been submitted to the European Commission for increased payment rates for farmers with mountain-type land. The proposal involves making a payment of €101.58, £80, per hectare on the first 10 hectares of mountain-type land with a payment of €88.88, £70, per hectare on each remaining hectare subject to an overall payment ceiling of 45 hectares. Subject to securing the necessary EU approval it is intended that the revised payment rates will apply to the 2001 scheme.

  Payment of the final instalment of the 2001 ewe premium will be made to the person named shortly.