Agriculture Committee

Pork crisis: NI’s pig backlog to reach 24,000 by mid-October

Pork crisis: NI’s pig backlog to reach 24,000 by mid-October

The backlog of pigs to be slaughtered could reach as many as 24,000 in just a month, according to representatives...

September 21, 2021

Calls for NI to invest in technology to reduce methane emissions from waste

Calls for NI to invest in technology to reduce methane emissions from waste

Lack of investment in Northern Ireland’s waste infrastructure has left the industry emitting higher volumes of environmentally-damaging greenhouse gases, such...

September 20, 2021

Agriculture Committee learns about ‘scientific approach’ to greener farming in Co. Tyrone

Agriculture Committee learns about ‘scientific approach’ to greener farming in Co. Tyrone

Members of Stormont’s Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs committee visited a farm in Co. Tyrone to see for themselves the...

August 17, 2021

NI’s draft TB strategy goes before Agriculture Committee in closed session

NI’s draft TB strategy goes before Agriculture Committee in closed session

MLAs heard the first details of Northern Ireland’s new strategy to tackle bovine TB on Thursday (July 8) – but...

July 10, 2021

UFU tells Ag Committee Climate Change Bill 1 would be ‘more detrimental than any trade deal’

UFU tells Ag Committee Climate Change Bill 1 would be ‘more detrimental than any trade deal’

Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) president Victor Chestnutt has slammed targets set in the private member’s Climate Change Bill as “complete...

July 8, 2021

Farm groups commission Climate Change Bill impact assessment report

Farm groups commission Climate Change Bill impact assessment report

Northern Ireland’s agricultural industry has commissioned an impact assessment report to evaluate how ambitions for Northern Ireland to achieve net-zero...

July 5, 2021

NI dairy industry would have to ‘revert to 1946 levels’ to meet net-zero

NI dairy industry would have to ‘revert to 1946 levels’ to meet net-zero

Northern Ireland’s dairy industry would have to be slashed back to production levels last seen in 1946 in order to...

July 1, 2021

AFBI scientists warn Climate Change Bill will require livestock reduction

AFBI scientists warn Climate Change Bill will require livestock reduction

Scientists have warned it will be “extremely challenging” for Northern Ireland to reduce its methane emissions from agriculture in order...

June 22, 2021

NI net-zero: NI falling short on tree planting targets by 90%

NI net-zero: NI falling short on tree planting targets by 90%

Northern Ireland is falling short on tree planting levels required to pave the way to net-zero ambitions by more than...

June 21, 2021

CCC chairman tells Agriculture Committee net-zero by 2050 is ‘not possible’ for NI

CCC chairman tells Agriculture Committee net-zero by 2050 is ‘not possible’ for NI

The chairman of the UK’s Climate Change Committee (CCC) has told Northern Ireland politicians he is “not prepared” to tell...

June 17, 2021

Department unlikely to take direct action over ILT outbreaks

Department unlikely to take direct action over ILT outbreaks

The department is unlikely to take direct action, such as introducing culls or flocks restrictions, over a recent spate of...

June 15, 2021

Agriculture Committee: ‘Coded’ Crimestoppers report prompted ports decision

Agriculture Committee: ‘Coded’ Crimestoppers report prompted ports decision

A ‘coded report’ regarding the safety of port staff was made to Crimestoppers Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has...

June 15, 2021

No ‘special arrangements’ for agriculture in either of NI’s Climate Change Bills

No ‘special arrangements’ for agriculture in either of NI’s Climate Change Bills

There are to be no ‘special arrangements’ made for agriculture in either of the two Climate Change Bills currently going...

June 9, 2021

NI’s net-zero plan will cost staggering £900 million a year

NI’s net-zero plan will cost staggering £900 million a year

Ambitions to upgrade Northern Ireland’s recommended 82% reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to net-zero will cost an additional £900...

June 9, 2021

McAleer: NI needs ‘carbon calculator’ to help farms prepare for net-zero

McAleer: NI needs ‘carbon calculator’ to help farms prepare for net-zero

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has called on the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to develop an...

June 1, 2021

Poots was ‘not convinced’ PSNI had full understanding of port staff threats

Poots was ‘not convinced’ PSNI had full understanding of port staff threats

Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots told officials he was “not convinced” police had a full understanding of the perceived...

April 20, 2021

DAERA customs facilities delayed again… this time until 2023

DAERA customs facilities delayed again… this time until 2023

Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture has warned permanent customs facilities for agri-food produce will now not be ready until at...

April 19, 2021

Agriculture Committee lays out key findings of Independent Panel review

Agriculture Committee lays out key findings of Independent Panel review

Northern Ireland’s Agriculture Committee has passed on the findings of its review of the Independent Panel process to the Minister...

March 30, 2021