Dáil Éireann - Volume 589 - 07 October, 2004

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

  102. Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if a person purchases forestry land with premium, can they keep the premium if they own no previous forestry land or a herd number; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23802/04]

  Mary Coughlan: There are two rates of forestry premium, one for farmers and one for non-farmers. Upon purchase of forestry land on which any such premium is being paid, a purchaser with no previous involvement in forestry or farming may claim premium at the non-farmer rate.

  103. Mr. Crawford asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan can expect to receive an area aid based payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23832/04]

  Mary Coughlan: The 2004 area aid application for the person named has been fully processed with an area determined for payment purposes of 17.16 hectares. Payment of her full entitlement under the 2004 area based compensatory allowance scheme could not be made until a potential stocking density problem had been resolved but, now that this has been done, payment will issue shortly.

  104. Mr. McHugh asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the position regarding the force majeure appeal by a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23838/04]

  Mary Coughlan: The person named lodged an application under the 2003 ewe premium scheme on 19 July 2004 together with a medical certificate stating that due to illness he was not in a position to lodge an application during the application period running from 4 December 2002 to 3 January 2003.

[1659] On 20 August 2004 the person named was informed that he did not qualify for any payment under the scheme. Following an appeal, he was asked on 28 September 2004 to submit documentary evidence to show that the sheep applied on were in his ownership and possession throughout the retention period, that is, 4 January 2003 to 13 April 2003.

When the evidence requested is received, my Department will review it along with the medical evidence already submitted to see whether or not payment can be made.