Research Papers 2011

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

The Common Agricultural Policy – background and challenges posed by reform

- 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

- 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

- 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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Rural Development issues and challenges in Northern Ireland

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

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

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

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

- 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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