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Chosen strategy corresponding to the profile:
The overall objectives chosen in accordance with the Community Strategic Guidelines (CSG) and the National Strategy Plan are:
Overall budget and share of EU funding
A financial aid of € 991.5 million of which € 376.7 million is EU financed has been allocated to the Rural Development Programme for Wales for the period 2007- 2013.
* EAFRD: European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
Overall aim of RD programme
To promote sustainable rural development in a manner complementary to the other policies of the Community.
Axis 1 budget allocation and main priorities:
Total budget: € 121,911,222 - EAFRD contribution: € 68,954,228
Main priorities: vocational training and information actions, use of advisory services, adding value to agricultural and forestry products, co-operation for development of new products, processes and technologies in the agriculture and food sector and the forestry sector.
Axis 2 budget allocation and main priorities:
Total budget: € 721,625,423 - EAFRD contribution: € 225,663,111
Main priorities: LFA payments, Agri-environment payments, support for non-productive investments, first afforestation of agricultural land, first afforestation of non-agricultural land, support for non-productive investments (forestry).
Axes 3 budget allocation and main priorities:
Total budget: € 93,942,754 - EAFRD contribution: € 52,796,304
Main priorities: diversification into non-agricultural activities, support for the creation and development of micro-enterprises, encouragement of tourism activities, basic services for the economy and rural population, village renewal and development, conservation and upgrading of the rural heritage, training and information, skill acquisition, animation and implementation.
Leader budget allocation:
Total budget: € 46,632,354 – EAFRD contribution: € 25,647,795
The Leader axis will be implemented across all the other three axes, focussed on innovation.