Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Department of Agriculture, Marine and Food
Direct Payment Schemes
I am also considering the possibility of re-opening the Agri-environment Options Scheme on an amended basis or limited scale in 2012. This decision will be taken in the context of an assessment of how a new scheme might be funded within the reduced funding and resulting pressures on the Department's Vote in the current year and, in particular, having regard to the expenditure ceiling for 2013 as agreed by the Government. I will make a decision on this matter shortly.