Session 2012-2013

Committee to Hear Implications of CAP Reform for NI
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will be receiving a briefing from DARD officials on the implications of European CAP reform for Northern Ireland.

Date: 01 July 2013

More Needs to be Done to Eradicate Bovine TB, Says Committee
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development received an update earlier this week from DARD on its Test, Vaccinate and Release (TVR) model of dealing with bovine TB in badgers and on the badger sett survey.

Date: 26 June 2013

Committee Emphasises Importance of Reservoir Safety Ahead of New Legislation
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development today visited Kiltonga Reservoir in Newtownards to highlight the importance of reservoir safety. The visit was ahead of the Committee’s consideration of important new legislation from DARD which will focus on ensuring that reservoirs are managed and operated to minimise the risk of flooding.

Date: 13 June 2013

Committee to Meet at Mount Stewart and Visit Kiltonga Reservoir

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will be holding a meeting at Mount Stewart and will visit the Kiltonga Reservoir in Newtownards after the meeting.

Date: 12 June 2013

Fodder Transport Scheme to be Discussed at Agriculture Committee
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will be receiving a briefing from DARD officials on the details of DARD's recently announced Fodder Transport Scheme.

Date: 21 May 2013

Agriculture Minister to Address Committee on Hardship Scheme
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will hold a special meeting to receive a briefing from the Minister on the details of the DARD Hardship Scheme.

Date: 15 May 2013

Assembly Committees to Participate at This Year’s Balmoral Show
Northern Ireland Assembly Committees will again attend this year’s Balmoral Show with the Committees for Agriculture and Rural Development, Regional Development and Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister all represented at the Show.

Date: 13 May 2013

Committee Encourages Use of ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ Section for Farmers Hit by Severe Weather
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has welcomed the Minister’s announcement on stocking density (the number of stock per hectare) under the Less Favoured Area Compensatory Allowances (LFACA) Scheme.

Date: 24 April 2013

Agriculture Committee to Consider DARD Hardship Scheme
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive a briefing from the Department of Agriculture on the impact of the recent severe weather, and in particular, the proposed Hardship Scheme. The Committee will also hear from the National Sheep Association on the issue.

Date: 15 April 2013

Committee Investigates Tree Disease with Key Visits
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development recently saw first-hand the issues surrounding tree disease with a visit to Belfast Harbour and Woodburn Forest.

Date: 12 April 2013

Committee Calls Emergency Briefing on DARD's Response to Severe Weather
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will be receiving an emergency briefing from the Department of Agriculture officials regarding the Department’s response to the recent severe weather.

Date: 27 March 2013

Committee Addresses EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has welcomed the opportunity to participate in a recent conference for the Parliamentary Agriculture and Fisheries Committees of EU Member States in Dublin.

Date: 19 March 2013

FSA to Update Agriculture Committee on Beef Contamination
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will be receiving an update from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on the contamination of beef products with horsemeat.

Date: 11 March 2013

Committee to Host Stakeholders at Event on Tree Disease
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will be holding an event regarding its review into tree disease.

Date: 18 February 2013

Committee Launches New Investigation into Tree Disease
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development today launched an Investigation into Tree Disease.

Date: 12 February 2013

Committee to Launch New Tree Disease Review
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will launch work into a new Tree Disease Review at its next Committee meeting. 

Date: 12 February 2013

FSA to Brief Committees on Horsemeat

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will be receiving an update from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on the contamination of beef products with horsemeat.

Date: 11 February 2013

Committee Calls Emergency Briefing on Horsemeat

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has called an emergency briefing after the discovery of horsemeat in a Northern Ireland cold store and other food contamination in Northern Ireland.  DARD officials will be briefing the Committee on the issue. 

Date: 05 February 2013

Beef produced in Northern Ireland is of the highest standard says Committee
The Committee is extremely proud of the Northern Ireland beef industry, as it has one of the highest standards in the world in relation to the traceability of meat.

Date: 05 February 2013

Agriculture Minister to Address Committee
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive a briefing from the Minister of Agriculture on the Department's priorities for 2013. The Minister will also provide a formal response to the Report by the Committee on Bovine TB.

Date: 28 January 2013

Committee Report Calls for Immediate Action on Bovine TB
Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development Launches its Report into Bovine Tuberculosis (TB). The Committee has called for the Department of Agriculture to take immediate action to investigate the recent rapid increase in disease rates.

Date: 27 November 2012

Agriculture Committee Launches Report on Bovine TB
The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will launch its Report on Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) following a debate in the Assembly Chamber on Monday, 26 November.

Date: 22 November 2012

Concerned Committee Calls on Support for Farmers During Crisis
Deeply concerned with the devastating effect the farming crisis is having on Northern Ireland, the Assembly’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee has called on the Minister for Agriculture to acknowledge the crisis and identify initiatives to help alleviate pressures on farmers as soon as possible.

Date: 08 October 2012

Committee Meet Concerned Organisations To Discuss Legislation On Dog Breeding
The Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development is currently examining the Welfare of Animals (Dog Breeding Establishments) Regulations (NI) 2012.  The main issues of concern in the legislation include the definition of “breeding establishments”, the number of times a bitch can breed, the conditions and maintenance of a breeding bitch and her pups, and the socialisation of pups.

Date: 17 September 2012

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