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 1 December, 2015 at 1.30pm in Room 30, Parliament Buildings. The Committee will consider key issues and evidence in relation to the Rural Needs Bill. The Committee will also receive an update from DARD officials on the Single Applications and the Fishing industry.
The full agenda will be published in the Business Diary.
Rural Needs Bills
The Rural Needs Bill was introduced into the Assembly on 9 November 2015 and completed its Second Stage on 17 November 2015. The bill now stands referred to the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development for its Committee Stage. Further information can be found here
- Listen Again
- Minutes of Evidence
- Press Releases
- Forward Work Programme
- Research Papers
- Legislation - Committee Stage of Bills
- Previous Mandate
- Stakeholder Event - Welfare of Animals
- Legislative Consent Motion
- Assembly Consent Motions
- Committee Motions
- Position Papers
- Members' Attendance at Committee Meetings
Contact the Committee
Committee Clerk: Stella McArdle
Room 243,Parliament Buildings
Belfast, BT4 3XX
Tel: (028) 9052 1475
Committee meeting with Groceries Code Adjudicator
Committee Visit to Institute for Global Food Security
Northern Ireland International Ploughing Championships
|Members of the Assembly Committee for Agriculture visit the 72nd Northern Ireland International Ploughing Championships. L-R: Committee Member Ian Milne MLA, Committee Chairperson William Irwin MLA and Committee Member Edwin Poots MLA||Agriculture Committee Member Edwin Poots MLA and Chairperson William Irwin MLA watch ploughing championship participant Samuel Gill|
|Members of the Agriculture Committee meet the European reversible ploughing champion|
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.