Session 2013-2014

Committee Publishes Report on Reservoirs Bill
The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has today published its report on the Reservoirs Bill. 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.

Date: 09 July 2014

Welcome from Committee as TVR Project Gets Off the Ground
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has welcomed the start of the long awaited Test and Vaccinate or Remove (TVR) project. Departmental Officials recently updated Members on the project's initial implementation in the Banbridge area.

Date: 03 July 2014

Agriculture Minister to brief Committee on CAP Reform
At its next meeting on Tuesday 1 July, the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive a briefing from Minister Michelle O’Neill.

Date: 30 June 2014

Committee to Receive Update on the Test and Vaccinate or Remove Project (TVR)
At its next meeting on Tuesday 24 June, the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive a departmental briefing on the implementation of the Test and Vaccinate or Remove Project.

Date: 23 June 2014

More Must Be Done to Tackle Agricultural Crime, Says Committee
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has today acknowledged the work of the PSNI in tackling agricultural crime and has called for the level of focus on this issue to be sustained. Today’s call follows a briefing to the Committee from the PSNI on farming and rural crime, which included an update on rural crime statistics and the work of the PSNI’s Rural Crime Unit.

Date: 28 May 2014

Committee to be briefed on Suspected Illegal Slaughtering of Cattle and on the Upsurge in Agricultural Crime
At its next meeting on Tuesday 27 May, the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive briefings from departmental officials on the recent incidences of suspected illegal slaughtering of cattle and illegal movement of milk. The PSNI will also brief Members on the Agri and rural crime.

Date: 27 May 2014

Department Must do More to Eradicate Bovine TB Says Committee
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has told the Department that it must do more to implement and develop agreed measures to tackle and eradicate Bovine TB.

Date: 09 April 2014

Committee to Receive Update on TB Eradication
The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive an update briefing from departmental officials on action to eradicate TB.

Date: 07 April 2014

Agriculture Committee Meets Farmers of the Future
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development visited CAFRE’s Greenmount Campus where they met with students and staff.

Date: 20 March 2014

Agriculture Committee to Visit Greenmount
The Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will visit CAFRE’s Greenmount Campus, Antrim on Thursday 20 March.

Date: 19 March 2014

Committee to be briefed on Suspected Illegal Slaughtering of Cattle
At its next meeting on Tuesday 11 March, the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive briefings from departmental officials and the Food Standards Agency NI on the suspected illegal slaughtering of cattle

Date: 10 March 2014

Committee Urges Farmers to Apply for Single Farm Payments Online
The Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has today called on local farmers to consider submitting their applications for Single Farm Payments (SFP) online. This year for the first time, the new online service will be available from early March 2014, approximately three weeks before the traditional paper applications are sent to farmers.

Date: 05 March 2014

Committee to Seek Views of Private Reservoir Owners
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has announced that it will hold a special event for private reservoir owners.

Date: 26 February 2014

Agriculture Committee to be briefed by Northern Ireland Meat Exporters Association
The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive a briefing from the Northern Ireland Meat Exporters Association regarding recent market issues at its next meeting on Tuesday 25 February 2014.

Date: 24 February 2014

Agriculture Minister to Brief Committee
The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will be briefed by the Minister at its meeting on Tuesday 18 February 2014.

Date: 17 February 2014

Committee to Receive Update on Rural Development Plan
The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive a departmental update on the Rural Development Plan 2014 – 2020 at its next meeting on Tuesday 4 February 2014.

Date: 03 February 2014

New Inspection Process Delays Farm Payments Says Committee
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development today voiced concerns that a new farm inspection process has resulted in payment delays to local farmers. Members are further concerned that farmers, whose land was inspected using the new process, were not informed in advance.

Date: 23 January 2014

Agriculture Committee Deliberates Key Issues with Westminster Committee
The Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development today met with the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee in London to discuss a range of significant agricultural issues common to both Committees, including reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP), plant health, food security and bovine TB.

Date: 12 December 2013

Upwards Trend in Farm Related Accidents Must Be Addressed, says Committee
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has highlighted the importance of farm safety with a visit to a local farm today. Cleland Farm, a sheep farm in Saintfield, hosted the Committee and demonstrated best practices in farm safety.

Date: 07 November 2013

Assembly Committees Make Joint Visit to UK City of Culture
Five Northern Ireland Assembly Committees are to visit the City of Culture on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 October 2013. The Committees will hold a series of meetings, visits and events across the City

Date: 01 October 2013

Minister to Update Committee on Key Agricultural Issues
The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive an update from the Minister on key issues for DARD.

Date: 16 September 2013

Agriculture Committee Motion on Tree disease
The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has tabled a motion for debate in the Assembly Chamber on Monday, 9 September 2013.

Date: 05 September 2013

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