Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Ceisteanna (535)

Brian Stanley

Ceist:

535. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount distributed to applicants through the afforestation grant and premium scheme in 2018 and to date in 2019. [53136/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme is the main forestry scheme offered by my Department as one of a number of supports and land use options available to land owners.  The scheme provides grants that cover the full cost of establishment of the plantation and payment of annual premiums on the land that is planted. 

My Department compiles a number of different afforestation statistics annually, which are made available on my Department’s website. In 2019, to the end of November, a total of €78 million in grants and premiums have been paid to beneficiaries under the Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme. This total compares to €84 million in grants and premiums paid for the same period in 2018 under this scheme.