01 October 2018
DAERA wants views from the wider farming, food and environmental sectors on a possible future agricultural policy framework for Northern Ireland
The UK is preparing to leave the European Union in March 2019. Following any agreed transition period, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will no longer apply to Northern Ireland.
Therefore the views of a broad range of stakeholders are being sought on a Future Agricultural Policy Framework document to help shape the debate on future support arrangements for NI.
Norman Fulton, Deputy Secretary, Food and Farming Group at the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) said:
“CAP payments have been important in sustaining the industry, underpinning its competitive trading position and developing its environmental performance, so it is essential that the industry in NI is provided with some certainty in relation to future support arrangements in the shorter term.
"There is also a need to develop a longer term agricultural policy framework and deliver a managed transition over a number of years."
The engagement exercise closes on Wednesday 10 October 2018.
Responses can be sent to:
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Room 424 Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Or emailed to: NIFutureAgriPolicy@daera-ni.gov.uk