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Research Papers 2011

Synopsis Here you will find a list of Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development research papers published during 2011.

  • Reforming the CAP – European Parliament Office Conference, Cavan, 25th November 2011

    Reference: NIAR 875-11 - Date: 28/11/2011

    The European Parliament offices in Ireland and the UK held the first of a planned two conferences focussing on the issue of CAP reform on the 25th November 2011, at the Farnham Estate Hotel in Cavan.

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  • Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) - role, function and responsibilities

    Reference: NIAR 461-11 - Date: 23/11/2011

    AFBI was created on 1st April 2006 as an amalgamation of the DARD Science Service and the Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland (ARINI). AFBI is a DARD Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) established under the Agriculture (Northern Ireland) Order, 2004.2 AFBI carries out high technology research and development, statutory, analytical, and diagnostic testing functions for DARD and other Government departments, public bodies and commercial companies. AFBI is managed by an independent Board which is also responsible for monitoring its performance.

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  • European Commission Disallowance relating to the CAP and Single Farm Payment system

    Reference: 166/11 - Date: 23/11/2011

    This briefing paper includes data provided by the European Commission on the total levels of CAP disallowance between 2005-2011. It details Northern Ireland's total disallowance up to and including 2009 and compares this with the UK's total disallowance.

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  • European Commission Disallowance relating to the CAP and Single Farm Payment system

    Reference: NIAR 836-11 - Date: 21/11/2011

    As the EU’s external auditor, the European Court of Auditors has a responsibility to check “...that EU funds are correctly accounted for and spent in compliance with the rules and legislation, with due consideration for achieving best value for money, irrespective of where the funds are spent.”

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  • Number of Beef cattle within Northern Ireland

    Reference: NIAR 822-11 - Date: 17/11/2011

    According to data derived from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s agricultural census, there were a total of 1,604,356 cattle within Northern Ireland in June 2010.

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  • The role of the EU in shaping issues and challenges in Fishing and Agriculture

    Reference: 157/11 - Date: 17/11/2011

    This paper sets out some of the background to and issues affecting the sea fishing industries within Northern Ireland and Ireland both at present and in the near future. As such, this paper does not seek to present solutions to the issues but rather attempts to quantify and pin down some of the key challenges that fishing communities and those who live and work within them face. In the context of addressing topics of mutual concern this paper focuses mainly on the Irish Sea fishery and on the fishing of cod and Nephrops (prawns) in particular.

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  • Distribution of Food Products to the Most Deprived Persons in the Union

    Reference: NIAR 797-11 - Date: 16/11/2011

    This research paper provides background to and information on a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 and Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 as regards distribution of food products to the most deprived persons in the Union in order to support consideration of its compliance with the principle of subsidiarity.

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  • Food Security – background, issues and challenges

    Reference: 133/11 - Date: 26/10/2011

    This paper seeks to provide an overview of some of the main issues and challenges pertaining to the issue of food security at present and in the future. The paper is not meant to be definitive, but is rather an attempt to raise awareness and stimulate debate around what is an increasingly significant and complex issue.

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  • Rural Crime incidence – Northern Ireland and other jurisdictions

    Reference: 132/11 - Date: 26/10/2011

    This briefing note quantifies the scale of rural crime within Northern Ireland and other neighbouring jurisdictions

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  • Rivers Agency – role, function and responsibilities

    Reference: 131/11 - Date: 26/10/2011

    The Rivers Agency currently operates as an agency within the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), having been established on 1st October 1996 under the auspices of the then Department of Agriculture Northern Ireland (DANI). This paper provides information about the structure and management, resources, key responsibilities and key priorities of the Rivers Agency.

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  • The Common Agricultural Policy – background and challenges posed by reform

    Reference: 129/11 - Date: 20/10/2011

    Agriculture remains a critical industry and employer in Northern Ireland with a labour force of 46,948 directly involved in agriculture. The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), has provided direct and indirect financial support to agriculture and the wider rural economy. The EU is currently committed to further and wide ranging reform of the CAP in 2013. This paper provides analysis of the background and challenges posed by this reform.

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  • Conference report-Future of the dairy industry

    Reference: NIAR 420-11 - Date: 19/07/2011

    The dairy sector continues to be one of the key elements of the local agricultural industry, but it is a sector which is likely to experience significant changes in the coming years, not least as a result of the proposed abolition of the milk quota system in 2015. Against this background the Ulster Farmers Union, in conjunction with DARD and key stakeholders from the dairy industry, organised a conference to consider the future of the dairy industry which took place in the Armagh City Hotel on the 8th of July 2011.

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  • Supplementary Information – CAP reform issues

    Reference: 303-11 - Date: 02/06/2011

    This Briefing Note supplements and expands on the information contained in the CAP reform article found within the “Consider this…” publication developed by the Assembly’s Research and Information Service.

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  • The Sea Fishing industry in Northern Ireland – issues, challenges and opportunities

    Reference: 33/11 - Date: 16/02/2011

    This paper sets out some of the issues affecting the Sea Fishing industry within Northern Ireland both at present and in the near future. As such, this paper does not seek to present solutions to the issues but rather attempts to quantify and pin down many of the key challenges that fishing communities and those who live and work within them face.

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  • Lough Foyle – ownership, licensing, and levy issues relating to shellfish

    Reference: 32/11 - Date: 16/02/2011

    Covering an area of approximately 186km² Lough Foyle is a shallow estuarine sea Lough straddling the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The Lough has supported active salmon, oyster and mussel fisheries for hundreds of years and these fisheries continue to be important to the local economy on both sides of the border.

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  • The Horse as an Agricultural animal – implications and opportunities for the equine industry in N.I.

    Reference: 31/11 - Date: 16/02/2011

    Within Northern Ireland there are estimated to be more than 35,000 horses and ponies and the equine industry as a whole here is estimated to employ the full time equivalent of 5,657 people equating to an annual labour value of c£54 million .Currently within Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK the horse is not defined as an agricultural animal

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  • Rural Development issues and challenges in Northern Ireland

    Reference: 30/11 - Date: 16/02/2011

    This paper while not definitive, highlights and indicates a range of issues that may need to be addressed if the undoubted potential of rural communities and their citizens are to be fully utilised.

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  • The Sea Fishing industry in Northern Ireland – issues, challenges and opportunities

    Reference: NIAR 41-11 - Date: 09/02/2011

    This paper sets out some of the issues affecting the Sea Fishing industry within Northern Ireland both at present and in the near future. As such, this paper does not seek to present solutions to the issues but rather attempts to quantify and pin down many of the key challenges that fishing communities and those who live and work within them face.

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