A consultation on the Future Agricultural Policy Proposals for Northern Ireland, launched just before Christmas, has been branded as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to redefine local policy by the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).
The consultation was launched on December 21 by Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) Minister Edwin Poots.
“The launch of the Future Agricultural Policy Proposals for NI consultation is a major milestone for the industry,” said Victor Chestnutt, president, UFU.
“This is a once in a generation opportunity to redefine agriculture policies and support, to ensure the sustainability of our unique family farm structure as we move forward, delivering for the environment, local communities and consumers.
“It’s extremely positive that the focus of the new future ag policy is on active farmers and growers. Working to meet the growing demand for food both at home and abroad whilst also protecting the environment and meeting the demands of climate change, it’s vital that our members are equipped with the right tools to become more efficient resulting in maximum returns.
“With the consultation being open to responses until 15 February 2022, DAERA will be engaging with stakeholders and the UFU will be considering this consultation within our extensive policy committee structure. We encourage all our members to take time over the Christmas period to read and respond, making their opinions known.
“The future ag policy consultation will be a key discussion point at our presidents’ roadshows in January. It’s vital that farmers are at the core of this conversation as we look forward to working with the Department to support the development of a productive, profitable and progressive farming industry for the future.”
The consultation can be viewed on the DAERA website, Consultation on Future Agricultural Policy Proposals for Northern Ireland | Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (daera-ni.gov.uk)
Responses are via the nidirect consultation hub Citizen Space at https://consultations2.nidirect.gov.uk/daera/daera-app