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Organic Farming Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

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3.—(1) The Department may make annual payments of assistance in respect of an eligible organic parcel to any person who—

(a)owns or occupies the parcel;

(b)has agreed with an Inspection Authority a conversion plan for the parcel or, where the parcel forms part of a larger organic unit, for the unit as a whole;

(c)has been certified by the Authority as complying with the terms of the plan, the Compendium of Organic Standards, and the Council Regulation;

(d)has entered into an agreement with the Department which includes the undertakings required by regulation 4(2); and

(e)has made a claim in accordance with regulation 5.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1) an organic parcel is eligible if—

(a)it consists of land recorded on a farm business map produced by the Department;

(b)where it consists only of horticultural land, it comprises not less than one hectare;

(c)where it consists wholly or partly of arable or other improved or semi-improved land, it consists of not less than 3 hectares of land; and

(d)it has not already been certified as fully organic by an Inspection Authority.

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