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 William Irwin.
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will hold its next meeting on Tuesday 2 December, 2014 at 1:30pm in Room 30 Parliament Buildings when the Committee will be briefed by RaISe officials and Trutz Haase consultants on Anti-poverty and Social Inclusion (Rural Deprivation).
The Committee will also be briefed by department officials on the Mid-year progress report on the DARD 2014/15 Business Plan targets. Dairy UK will then brief the Committee on an appreciation of dairy markets.
The Committee will then receive and consider a written briefing from the department on the Zoonoses (Fees) Regulations (NI) 2015. The Committee will then consider its response to the Budget 2015/16.
Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development held a special event to gather views and ideas from rural dwellers and representatives on its current review of the Anti-Poverty and Social Inclusion Programme.
The existing programme, which forms part of the overall Programme for Government 2011-15, was designed to address rural poverty and disadvantage and to produce cohesive and tangible strategies to eliminate hardship and to increase social inclusion in rural areas. Today’s event brought together a range of rural community groups to reflect on the success or otherwise of the existing programme and to focus on key elements to be included in any successor programme. Find out more...
Committee Members meet rural dwellers and representatives on its current review of the Anti-Poverty and Social Inclusion Programme
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.
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.
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.