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Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme


The Rural Development Programme (RDP) is supported through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which is the single largest common policy across the European Union. The CAP framework sets out a range of farming, environmental and rural development activities as well as controlling EU agricultural markets.

The CAP is based on a two-pillar structure – Pillar 1 and Pillar 2.

  • Pillar 1 supports both direct payments to farmers and market management measures.
  • Pillar 2 focuses on improving the structural and environmental performance of agriculture and on promoting local/rural development.


For more information:


Rural Network NI


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