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Organic Farming Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001

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Restrictions on payment of aid

7.—(1) Aid shall not be payable in respect of an application in respect of any period before the date of receipt.

(2) The Department may refuse or reduce aid which would duplicate any assistance previously given or to be given out of money provided by or under any statutory provision, and for this purpose aid shall be taken to be such as to duplicate such assistance if it would (if paid) be paid for any of the same purposes in respect of any of the same land.

(3) No payment of aid shall be made in respect of an organic parcel until the Department has received a certificate of registration in respect of that organic parcel.

(4) Where an application in respect of an organic parcel is accepted before the date on which the conversion period in respect of that organic parcel begins, no payment of aid in respect of that organic parcel shall be made in respect of any period beginning before the anniversary of the date of receipt which is the first such anniversary to occur during that conversion period.

(5) Aid shall not be payable in respect of any organic parcel, or any organic unit comprising land to which an application relates, which—

(a)is fully organic at the date of receipt; or

(b)has been fully organic at any time during the period beginning on 10th August 1993 and ending on the date of receipt.

(6) Aid shall not be payable under Part I of Schedule 1 in respect of any organic parcel in respect of any period beginning more than five years after the date on which the first payment of aid became payable in respect of that organic parcel.

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