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Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development

Welcome to the Home Page of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development. The committee was established to advise and assist the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle O’Neill MLA, on matters within her responsibility as a Minister. The committee undertakes a scrutiny, policy development and consultation role with respect to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and plays a key role in the consideration and development of legislation. The Committee Chairperson is Mr Paul Frew.

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The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will hold its next meeting on 16 September at 1.00pm in room 30, Parliament Buildings.

The Committee will commence its meeting in closed session when it will consider its proposals for a review, before moving into public session at 1.40pm when it will be briefed by the Minister. This will be followed by a briefing by the Department on CAP Pillar 1 and a presentation by the Northern Ireland Horse Racing Group in respect of the Racing industry in Northern Ireland  

Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.

Contact the Committee

Committee Clerk: Stella McArdle

Room 243,Parliament Buildings
Ballymiscaw, Stormont
Belfast, BT4 3XX

Tel: (028) 9052 1475
Email: committee.agriculture@niassembly.gov.uk

Committee Publishes Report on the Reservoirs Bill

The Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has just published its report on the proposed Reservoirs Bill. The proposed Departmental Bill aims to ensure that local reservoirs exceeding 10,000 cubic metres in volume are managed and operated to safeguard the public and to minimise the risk of flooding.

The Committee report underlines a number of key concerns including the need for an audit on the current condition of reservoirs which will fall under the new legislation and the financial implications the requirements could pose for reservoir owners. The Committee Chairperson told us more about the report and the Committee's findings.

View the Committee's press release.

Safety First on Farms

Members of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee at an event at Parliament Buildings to highlight the importance of putting safety first on farms, held on 14 January 2014.

Members of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee at an event at Parliament Buildings to highlight the importance of putting safety first on farms, held on 14 January 2014. The event was held in conjunction with the Farm Safety Partnership, the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.

Pictured l-r: Declan McAleer MLA; Deputy Chairperson Joe Byrne MLA; Jo-Anne Dobson MLA; Chairperson Paul Frew MLA; George Lucas, Chairperson of the Farm Safety Partnership; Michelle McIlveen MLA; William Irwin MLA; Thomas Buchanan MLA; Oliver McMullan MLA; and Ian Milne MLA.

Committee's First Meeting of the 2013-14 Session

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development held its first meeting of the new 2013/14 session on Tuesday 10 September 2013.  It is anticipated that in the new session the Committee will concentrate of a number of key issues including Farm Safety, the welfare of farmers, Going for Growth, fishing and CAP Reform including the Rural Development Programme.

  Pictured at today’s meeting are: (l-r) Robin Swann MLA, Thomas Buchanan MLA, Committee Chairperson Paul Frew MLA,  Deputy Chairperson Joe Byrne MLA, Jo-Anne Dobson MLA, Declan McAleer MLA and Ian Milne MLA.

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