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Wallace announces major increase in Forestry planting grants

Ms Mary Wallace TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food with responsibility for Forestry, announced that she had secured agreement from the EU Commission to increase forestry planting grants paid by her Department. The current grants will increase by an average 14.4%. The maximum grants available will now range from €3,573 per hectare for the most usual form of conifer planting (20% diverse) and up to €7,604 per hectare for beech. The Minister said that she would keep the cost structure under review.

The increased grant rates will be paid in respect of new planting completed after September 1, 2006 and will be of benefit to those planting in the autumn/winter planting season. The Minister said that the successful outcome to this application for an increase in the planting grants, and the agreement at the Partnership Negotiations to increase premium rates by 15% for both new and existing claimants was evidence of the Government's ongoing commitment to Forestry. The Minister welcomed the provision for these financial incentives in the Minister for Finance's Budget.

Minister Wallace also welcomed recent figures from her Department that show that the level of applications for approval to plant has remained constant in 2006, and expressed her confidence that these grant and premium increases allied to with the other associated benefits of forest planting should result in an increase in such applications in 2007.

15 December 2006

Date Released: 15 December 2006