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 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.