Written Answers - Agri-Environment Options Scheme

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 757 No. 1

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  594.  Deputy Brendan Griffin  Information on Brendan Griffin  Zoom on Brendan Griffin   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine  Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney   if he has made a decision on opening the agri-environment options scheme in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10866/12]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney  I am considering the possibility of re-opening the Agri-environment Options Scheme on an amended basis or limited scale in 2012. This decision will be taken in the context of an assessment of how a new scheme might be funded within the reduced funding and resulting pressures on the Department’s Vote in the current year and, in particular, having regard to the expenditure ceiling for 2013 as agreed by the Government. I will make a decision on this matter shortly.


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