Forestry Management

Hayes Welcomes 2015 Budget Provision for Forestry Horticulture and Greyhound Sectors

Tom Hayes TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for the forestry, horticulture and greyhound sectors has today welcomed the allocation of over €110 million for the 2015 forestry programme, € 13.6 million for Bord na gCon and € 7.2 million for the Commercial Horticulture sector, with over €6 million allocated for Organics and provision of € 81.5 million for food safety, animal and plant health.


Forestry: € 110 Million

The Forestry sector receives the largest share of the public capital programme expenditure of the Department and the Minister has again provided some €110 million for this purpose in 2015.

The Minister of State welcomed the funding for the forestry programme, which encompasses the provision of grants for the establishment of new forestry (afforestation) programme and forest road scheme. This level of funding will allow for an afforestation programme of 7,000 hectares in 2015 and some 120 kilometres of forest roads.

Minister of State Hayes stated “the provision of Government funding has been a major factor in the development of forestry over the last number of decades and I am pleased that the Government has been able to commit €110m towards its continued development.

Bord na gCon: € 13.6 Million

Minister Hayes was pleased that the Government will continue to support the greyhound racing industry through the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund.

Commercial Horticulture Sector:  € 7.2 Million

A provision of some €4.2 million has been provided to fund capital investments in the Horticulture sector as well as €3 million funding toward the Food and Horticulture Promotion Fund.

Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health: € 81.5 Million

A provision of € 81.5 million for food safety, animal and plant health including € 35 million for TB and Bruscellosis eradication.

Organic Farming Scheme: €6 Million

The new Organic Farming Scheme will also be launched in 2015, with significantly increased rates of aid and total funding of €6 million. The changes aim to target support towards those operators who intend producing products which are currently in deficit and achieve progress in respect of the government target of increasing the utilisable agricultural area under organic production to 5%.

Minister Hayes also welcomed to commitment of € 74 million to the beef sector by his colleague the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney T.D. “I am happy to see that the Government has again committed funding to this important sector of the economy”.