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Estimates 2011

Substantial provisions were made for the agriculture sector for 2011. Of particular note were the following:
  • Total expenditure on agri-environment schemes in 2011 to reach €337 which provides for payments to existing REPS participants as well as a new agri-environmental scheme;
  • An allocation of €61.5 million under the Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme to cover payments for animals calved in both 2010 and 2011 at the 2010 rate of €40 per animal;
  •  €36 million in payments under the Farm Waste Management Scheme to cover the remaining instalment of the deferred payment; as well as €7 million under the farm improvement scheme;
  • Expenditure on forestry and bio-energy of almost €120 million, which includes a capital provision of over €114 million.
Significant funding has also been provided for investment in fish processing and aquaculture as well as for marketing and processing grants for the Beef and Dairy Investment Schemes.
Total vote expenditure of €1.6 billion taken together with EU funding will bring total expenditure by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to over €3 billion in 2011.