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Rural Development millions welcomed

24 July, 2007


Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson, Gerry McHugh MLA has welcomed the announcement of EU approval for the £500 million Rural Development Programme by Sinn Féin Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle Gildernew.

Mr McHugh said:

"This programme represents a huge investment in our rural communities. It will support our farmers and economic diversification in the rural economy.

"It is particularly important that the Minister has prioritised LFA payments and hopefully the remaining £11 million in payments will get to farmers in disadvantaged areas as soon as possible.

"The 14 measures outlined by Michelle Gildernew represent a comprehensive approach to supporting our rural communities, improving the economic sustainability for farm families and rural regeneration." ENDS

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