Thursday, 12 July 2012

Questions (206)

Bernard J. Durkan


209 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he is hopeful that he can achieve an improvement in the agri-environment options 3 scheme having particular regard to the extent to which the farming community must continue to rely on such a scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34289/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine)

I am aware of the importance of agri environment payments to the agriculture sector and am actively considering the possibility of re-opening the Agri-Environment Options Scheme (AEOS) to allow for the submission of applications either on an amended basis from the existing scheme and/or on a limited scale, including the possibility of re-opening for applications later in the year. The full year cost of any new scheme will have to be met in 2013 and any decision to re-open AEOS will be taken in the context of consideration of the resources available and the need to remain within the agreed expenditure ceiling for my Department in 2013. I will make an announcement as soon as I have reached a decision on the situation.