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The Return of Stormont and NI Farmer Survey

25 March 2019, Mandatory Credit ©Press Eye/Darren Kidd

The Return of Stormont

After over 1000 days the Northern Ireland Assembly is back up and running. One of the key priorities for the new Executive should be the development of a new agriculture policy for Northern Ireland.  In the absence of an Assembly, DAERA had undertaken valuable work developing a draft agricultural policy framework for Northern Ireland. However, it’s not clear what will happen next with this important piece of work. NI government must act with purpose and urgency to bring forward plans for a bespoke policy for Northern Ireland, which helps farmers deliver for nature and the environment at the same time as supporting sustainable family farms which produce to high quality and welfare standards.

NI Farmer Survey

Farmers across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to participate in an important survey to seek their opinions on current and future agriculture policy.

Much has been suggested about what the local farming industry could look like in future years as the UK prepares to exit the European Union, with devolved administrations having a greater influence in shaping future agricultural and environmental policies.

Northern Ireland Environment Link (NIEL), the networking and forum body for organisations interested in the natural and built environment of Northern Ireland, have secured funding to run a survey to explore farmers’ opinions and want to hear from a wide range of farmers in order to assess views on the current state of farming, problems they are facing, and their opinion on possible future changes to agricultural policy in Northern Ireland. This research will inform NIEL and other stakeholders of what is important to local farmers, allowing them to tailor policy advice to DAERA on the needs of the farming community. To participate visit here