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Killeen Comments on Funding of Forestry Schemes

Mr Tony Killeen TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, today reassured landowners interested in forestry that applications are being processed, and approvals issued, in relation to the Afforestation Scheme, the Forest Environment Protection Scheme and the Establishment element of the Native Woodland Scheme.

The Minister of State stated: "The main Afforestation Scheme, the Forest Environment Protection Scheme and the establishment element of the Native Woodland Scheme remain fully operational. The Afforestation Scheme and FEPS continue to offer farmers guaranteed annual tax-free premium payments" adding that "over €93.8 million has been paid out on the various forestry schemes by the Department to date this year".

The Minister of State issued this reassurance in light of the earlier statement that further approvals under a number of Forestry Support Schemes would not issue for the moment as the funding which had been provided for the schemes in 2008 had been exhausted. Minister Killeen confirmed that this situation will be reviewed when the funding position for next year has become clear.

Date Released: 31 July 2008