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O’Neill Tells Farmers We Must Work Together On CAP Reform

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill tonight urged farmers to prepare themselves and their business for the new schemes under CAP reform. Minister O’Neill said: “While, firstly I want to ensure that the important monies that CAP reform provides (approximately £255million per year) are more targeted, more equitable and easily accessible, it…

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DARD Minister Meets South Down Farmers in Hilltown

Speaking as a guest speaker at a sometimes emotionally charged public meeting organised by Sinn Féin to discuss a range of rural issues and the severe weather impacts on farming, the Minister addressed the meeting covering the key problems the farming community were facing and how her department could help. There…

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O’Neill Provides Flexibility Assurance to LFACA Claimants

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is to consider applications for Force Majeure/Exceptional Circumstances from those farmers making a claim to Less Favoured Area Compensatory Allowances (LFACA), who have lost stock due to the recent severe weather. Minister O’Neill said: “Every year around 14,000 farmers apply for payment from the…

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O’Neill Announces Aid for Weather Stricken Farmers.

AGRICULTURE Minister Michelle O’Neill this afternoon (Friday 29 March) announced that the Executive had responded positively to her call for financial assistance for farmers in the areas worst affected by the snow storm last weekend. She indicated her Department would meet the cost to farmers of collection and disposal of…

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O’Neill Updates Assembly on Horsemeat Controversy

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has made a statement to the Assembly to update members on the incident regarding the discovery of equine DNA in beef products. The Minister used the opportunity to once again make it clear that this issue has nothing to do with the high quality, fully traceable…

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