Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2048)

Jackie Cahill


2048. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason for the differential in the planting grant paid on GPC land; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31978/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

In accordance with paragraph 507 of the European Union Guidelines for State aid in the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas 2014 to 2020, afforestation grant payments can cover the cost of establishment.

In general, establishment grants for broadleaf GPCs tend to be higher than those for conifer GPCs to reflect the higher costs of establishing broadleaf forests. For example, broadleaf plants tend to cost more than conifer plants, stocking densities are higher, there are higher weed control costs and there is a higher risk of deer damage for broadleaf forests.