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Forestry fears mount

Published 30/11/2010 | 05:00

Fears are mounting that forestry could become one of the biggest victims of cuts in the agriculture sector, since it received only a cursory mention in the National Recovery Plan 2011-2014.

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John Phelan, from Woodland Managers Ltd, said the capital allocation of €299m for 2011 was €51m below the "already woefully inadequate" €350m in the July 2010 Framework, which included a provision of €89m for forestry next year.

"Virtually everyone agreed that the July figures meant a virtual collapse of planting to 2,000ha and a wipeout of key schemes," he said. "Given the pre-committed expenditure in agriculture, the cut means no new activity in 2011."

He warned that next year's commitments had increased by €6m due to afforestation approvals in recent weeks.

"So it could be that even existing commitments could not be met," he said.

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