Dáil Éireann - Volume 614 - 07 February, 2006

Written Answers. - Suckler Cow Quota.

  399. Mr. Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the outcome of an application for extra suckler cow quota from the national reserve for a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. [4241/06]

  Mary Coughlan: The person named submitted an application for an allocation of entitlements from the single payments scheme national reserve under category B.

Category B caters for farmers who, between 1 January 2000 and 19 October 2003, made an investment in production capacity in a farming sector for which a direct payment under livestock premia and/or arable aid schemes would have been payable during the reference period 2000 to 2002. Investments can include purchase or long term lease of land, purchase of suckler and/or ewe quota or other investments.

The position is that over 23,000 applications for an allocation of entitlements from the national reserve were received when account is taken of [314] farmers who applied under more than one category. Processing of these applications is continuing and the intention is to make allocations to successful applicants at the earliest opportunity. My Department will be in touch with individual applicants as soon as their applications are fully processed at which time formal letters setting out my Department’s decision will be issued.