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People in Jersey consulted about plan for rural economy

9 March 10 12:17 GMT

People in Jersey have been asked for their views about the future of the island's rural economy.

The government has released plans on how to support people and businesses involved with agriculture and the countryside over the next five years.

The Rural Economy Strategy raises possible issues and gives options on how to address them.

It includes subjects such as fisheries, allotments, the value of agriculture to Jersey and government funding.

The draft strategy has been set out by two States departments; Economic Development and Planning and Environment.

Assistant Minister for Economic Development Constable Len Norman said: "We're launching it as a green paper specifically to get islanders with knowledge, views and ideas on our countryside to contribute to the debate and influence the shape of future policy."

The departments said they wanted to strike the right balance between preserving the environment and cultural heritage in Jersey.

The deadline for people to take part in the consultation is Tuesday 20 April.

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