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South West Objective 5(B) Area: Projects

Volume 570: debated on Thursday 28 March 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will provide details of the agricultural projects which have been approved in the South West Objective 5(b) Area.

The European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) provides assistance to agriculture and food industries in the South West Objective 5(b) Area. This area takes in Cornwall, the

EAGGF projects processed in the south west objective 5B area
Project Title5(b) Areas to BenefitExpenditure £EAGGF GrantMAFF Grant
1. Island Produce—Establishment of a Potato GroupIsles of Scilly38,0009,5009,500
2. Isles of Scilly Horticultural Development InitiativeIsles of Scilly202,90063,4505,845
3. Horticulture 2000 (including horticultural facilitator)5(b) Area as a whole
Phase I540,000200,000100,000
Phase II1,196,000371,000251,000
4. Festival of West County Food and Drink5(b) Area as a whole34,7008,700500
5. Inchs Cider Apple Orchard GroupDevon927,000231,750231,750
6. Cheese Farm Market DevelopmentCornwall6,0001,5001,500
7. Plant Biomass—Phase 15(b) Area as a whole972,100284,330254,900
8. Quality Cheese ProductionDevon & Cornwall593,000130,000130,000
9. Plant Production and Sales CentreCornwall108,40021,68021,680
10. Exmoor Oak and Timber ProductsDevon & West Somerset722,500145,178145,178
11. SW Pig Production Development5(b) Area as a whole12,0003,0003,000
12. 5b Facilitator-Mr. G. N. Parker (Bio-mass, Industrial Crops, Diversification and Speciality Foods)5(b) Area as a whole135,02267,51167,511
13. 5b Facilitator—Mr. N. J. Wendover (Livestock, Cereals and The Environment)5(b) Area as a whole153,91676,95876,958
14. 5b Facilitator—Mr. & Mr. J. M. Woodcraft (Farm Tourism)5(b) Area as a whole82,53041,26541,265
15. Wheal Sara FlowersCornwall43,2007,5607,560
16. Western Quality Pigs5(b) Area as a whole750,000183,000173,000
17. West Cornwall Vegetable PackingCornwall240,00045,36745,367
18. Kingsbridge Estuary Conservation ProjectDevon60,00025,2502,750
19. West Country Tourist Board Farm Tourism Project5(b) Area as a whole3,854,500819,081819,081
20. River Tamar 2000 Conservation Project—Phase IDevon & Cornwall989,200304,650224,650
21. Brimpts Barn—Re-use of farm buildings for training purposesDevon176,60029,77529,775
22. Improvement/Development of Winter CauliflowersCornwall234,30274,81374,814
23. North Cornwall Poultry Group—Feasibility StudyDevon & Cornwall9,3462,3362,337
24. Bodmin Moor CommonersCornwall25,28211,01610,016
25. Ostrich Farms International5(b) Area as a whole1,238,653150,092150,093

Isles of Scilly, parts of Devon and parts of West Somerset.

Under the programme MAFF is able to provide support which in turn draws in EAGGF from Europe. Assistance is generally available in support of farm tourism, agricultural and horticultural development and diversification, protection and enhancement of the environment and the generation of energy from alternative sources by the agriculture industry. In addition there is a special package for the Isles of Scilly.

The first EAGGF projects under this programme were approved in March 1995. In the 12 months which have followed since then, a total of 25 projects have been approved and these will lead to the eventual investment of more than £13 million in the objective 5(b) Area. The projects approved vary from small schemes, such as that to develop a market for farm cheese, to a multi-million pound project to promote farm tourism in the whole area. Geographically they span the objective 5(b) area from horticultural enterprises in the Isles of Scilly to timber products on Exmoor and there is no part of the region which will not benefit. I am very pleased with the interest shown and hope that many more projects will be approved in the future.

Full details of the approved projects are as follows: