NICMSNorthern Ireland Countryside Management Scheme
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By reducing the number of NICMS applications that will be progressed, the Department can direct resources to focus on improving compliance with all agri-environment schemes and help provide greater support to farmers.
While we would have liked to have offered more NICMS agreements at this stage, we have to recognise that in order to deliver significant environmental and agricultural benefits in the long-term we must prepare our existing agri-environment schemes for CAP Reform and ensure improved compliance with European Commission requirements.
All farmers who applied to NICMS in 2010 will be contacted in writing over the coming weeks to confirm the status of their application.