Current Agri-environment schemes
Under the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2007-13 two schemes are available:
- Northern Ireland Countryside Management Scheme (NICMS)
- Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS)
- EFS Planner Instructions
- EFS (W) Options and NPIs applicability for EFS (H) habitat types
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.