HC Deb 02 November 2000 vol 355 c622W
Mr. Llwyd

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what incentives are available to encourage diversification within the agricultural industry. [135236]

Mr. Morley

The England Rural Development Programme, launched on 3 October, contains a range of measures to encourage diversification within the agricultural industry in England. The Rural Enterprise Scheme will fund farm diversification projects. The Processing and Marketing Grant, Energy Crops Scheme, woodland grants and Vocational Training Scheme will also support diversification. The Ministry of Agriculture will also be producing a guide on farm diversification which will list these and other sources of funding and advice.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales will be able to provide details of grant schemes operating in Wales.