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Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs


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The next meeting of the Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs will take place on Thursday 27 January 2022 at 10.00 a.m. in Room 30, Parliament Buildings. The meeting will be a hybrid meeting and will be streamed on the NI Assembly website. The Committee will receive a briefing from the Department on the Draft Budget 2022-2025 as well as a briefing on the Impact of Trade Deals with Australia and New Zealand and the NIEA Oversight of Dalradian. There will also be a briefing from Renewable NI on the Green Economy Report.


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Committee Clerk: Nick Henry

Room 242, Parliament Buildings, 
Ballymiscaw,Stormont, 
Belfast, BT4 3XX 

Tel: (028) 90 521742
Email: Committee.AgriEnvRural@niassembly.gov.uk


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BREAKING THE 'GRASS' CEILING: Barriers for Women in the Agriculture Sector

We know that for decades running a farm has traditionally been viewed as a role for men but that in recent years there have been moves to try and encourage women to take up farm management as a career.

We want to understand what the experience is of local farm women, what the current issues are and how policy can be developed in this area.

We are particularly keen to hear the views of women who live and/or work on local farms and those who work within the wider agricultural sector. 

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Committee Report on the Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill

As part of the Assembly‚Äôs normal legislative processes, the Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill has been referred to the Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for scrutiny and evaluation.

The Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill proposes changes to the Horse Racing (Northern Ireland) Order 1990 that will enable the resumption of payments from the Horse Racing Fund to racecourses operating at Down Royal and Downpatrick.

The Committee has now produced its report on the Bill.


Climate Change (No. 2) Bill

Climate Change is one of the most important issues facing our society and how we address it could affect how we live, work and travel. 

The Climate Change (No.2) Bill that has been introduced by the Minister for the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (AERA) sets out a framework to deliver on the New Decade, New Approach commitment and establishes legislation to mitigate the effects of Climate Change locally. 

As part of the legislative process, the Bill has been referred to the Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Afairs for scrutiny.

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