Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development
Welcome to the Home Page of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development. The committee was established to advise and assist the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle O’Neill MLA, on matters within her responsibility as a Minister. The committee undertakes a scrutiny, policy development and consultation role with respect to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and plays a key role in the consideration and development of legislation. The Committee Chairperson is Mr William Irwin MLA.
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will hold its next meeting on Tuesday 8 September, 2015 at 1.30pm in Room 30, Parliament Buildings.
Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.
Inquiry into Better Regulation
The Committee is undertaking an Inquiry into Better Regulation. The Committee wants to hear the views of farmers about the level of regulation experienced by the industry in Northern Ireland. The Committee is particularly interested in finding out which areas farmers find most burdensome/onerous, as well as exploring how this burden could be reduced. Farmers can complete the survey via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Ard_FarmersSurvey
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Contact the Committee
Committee Clerk: Stella McArdle
Room 243,Parliament Buildings
Belfast, BT4 3XX
Tel: (028) 9052 1475
Committee Hears From Rural Community On Anti-Poverty And Social Inclusion
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development held a special event to gather views and ideas from rural dwellers and representatives on its current review of the Anti-Poverty and Social Inclusion Programme.
The existing programme, which forms part of the overall Programme for Government 2011-15, was designed to address rural poverty and disadvantage and to produce cohesive and tangible strategies to eliminate hardship and to increase social inclusion in rural areas. Today’s event brought together a range of rural community groups to reflect on the success or otherwise of the existing programme and to focus on key elements to be included in any successor programme. Find out more...
Agriculture Committee Quiz EU Commissioner on Local Farming Issues
The Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development met with the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan today (Friday 27 March).
The meeting provided Committee members with an opportunity to address key issues such as difficulties around the implementation of CAP Pillar I and the Rural Development Plan, as well as ongoing concerns in both the local pork and dairy markets.
Agriculture Committee meet with the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan on Friday 27 March 2015. Pictured L-R: Committee Member Oliver McMullan MLA, Committee Member Ian Milne MLA, Committee Deputy Chairperson Joe Byrne MLA, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan, Committee Chairperson William Irwin MLA, Committee Member Kieran McCarthy MLA and Committee Member Declan McAleer MLA.
Committee's First Meeting of the 2014-15 Session
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) held a meeting with the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine (AFM) on 27th January 2015 in Parliament Buildings. The Committee had the opportunity to discuss some areas of mutual concern with its Counterparts from the Republic of Ireland such as prospects for the dairy industry, redeveloping the cross border live trade in sheep and cattle; animal health and welfare standards, and the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020.
Pictured at the meeting are: Back Row (l-r) Thomas Pringle TD, Éamon Ó Cuív TD, Senator Paschal Mooney, Tom Barry TD, Middle Row (l-r) Thomas Buchanan MLA, Senator Michael Comiskey, AFM Deputy Chairperson Pat Deering TD, Front Row (l-r) ARD Committee Chairperson William Irwin MLA, AFM Committee Chairperson Andrew Doyle TD, ARD Committee Deputy Chairperson Joe Byrne MLA, Oliver McMullan MLA, and Declan McAleer MLA.
Safety First on Farms
Members of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee at an event at Parliament Buildings to highlight the importance of putting safety first on farms, held on 14 January 2014. The event was held in conjunction with the Farm Safety Partnership, the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.
Pictured l-r: Declan McAleer MLA; Deputy Chairperson Joe Byrne MLA; Jo-Anne Dobson MLA; Chairperson Paul Frew MLA; George Lucas, Chairperson of the Farm Safety Partnership; Michelle McIlveen MLA; William Irwin MLA; Thomas Buchanan MLA; Oliver McMullan MLA; and Ian Milne MLA.
Committee's First Meeting of the 2013-14 Session
The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development held its first meeting of the new 2013/14 session on Tuesday 10 September 2013. It is anticipated that in the new session the Committee will concentrate of a number of key issues including Farm Safety, the welfare of farmers, Going for Growth, fishing and CAP Reform including the Rural Development Programme.
Pictured at today’s meeting are: (l-r) Robin Swann MLA, Thomas Buchanan MLA, Committee Chairperson Paul Frew MLA, Deputy Chairperson Joe Byrne MLA, Jo-Anne Dobson MLA, Declan McAleer MLA and Ian Milne MLA.