Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1400)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

1400. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if new schemes (details supplied) will be introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35544/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The existing Reconstitution Scheme (Chalara Ash Dieback) is currently on hold pending a review. I expect to be announcing details of a revised scheme in the very near future.

As part of the midterm review of the Forestry Programme 2014 - 2020, completed in February 2018, two new measures were introduced under the Woodland Improvement Scheme which are open to ash plantations. These measures include support for continuous cover forestry and a grant for carrying out a second thinning.