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.
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will next meet on Tuesday 11 March at 1.00pm in Room 30, Parliament Buildings.
Officials from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority will brief the Committee on Gangmasters Regulations 2014.
The Committee will then be briefed by representatives from the Ulster Angling Federation, Antrim and District Angling Association, and Armagh Fisheries Limited on the Reservoirs Bill.
The Committee will also be briefed by officials from the DARD on the suspected illegal slaughtering of cattle.
Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.
“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.