Agri-environment schemes provide funding to farmers and land managers to farm in a way that supports biodiversity, enhances the landscape, and improves the quality of water, air and soil.

Current Agri-environment schemes

Under the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2007-13 two schemes are available:

These are part-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

The budget available for the agri-environment programme is £180 million, and the target is to maintain 42 per cent of agricultural land under environmental enhancement agreement by 2013.

Information on the Agri-environment schemes under the Rural Development Programme 2000-2006

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