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Organic Farmers

Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what grants are available to organic farmers from her Department. [130102]

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Total
Conversion option
Land eligible for Arable Area Payment Scheme and land in permanent crops (except top fruit orchards)225135303030450
Top Fruit orchards (cherries, pears, plums and apples—other than cider apples)60060060030301,860
Other improved land175105232323349
Unimproved grassland, rough grazing and "managed land"251055550
Maintenance option
Land eligible for Arable Area Payment Scheme and land in permanent crops (except top fruit orchards)3030303030150
Top Fruit orchards (cherries, pears, plums and apples—other than cider apples)3030303030150
Other improved land2323232323115
Unimproved grassland, rough grazing and "managed land"5555525
The Department also provides free advice to prospective organic farmers through the Organic Information Conversion Service (OCIS) and the Department's R&D programme includes a large component dealing with research on organic farming.