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Agriculture: Animal Welfare

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has allocated to support sustainable livestock production in 2008-09. (244681)

Support aimed at improving the competitiveness of the livestock industry is available under Axis 1 of Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). Some £249 million will be spent in total on Axis 1 over the period 2007-13, and a minimum of £107 million out of that total will be specifically devoted to the sustainable livestock industry. In 2008-09 the minimum allocated to the livestock sector is £23 million.

Livestock producers also will benefit from both a proportion of the £1.5 billion that is paid annually to English farmers under the Single Payment Scheme and the £3.2 billion that has been allocated for agri-environmental schemes which operate under Axis 2 of the RDPE over the period 2007-13.