Agriculture Business Community Constituency Government Lurgan Upper Bann Westminster

Pig Farmers Urged Not to Miss Funding Deadline

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has urged pig producers across Northern Ireland to be mindful of the upcoming deadline for DAERAs Exceptional Costs Pig Scheme. Applications will close to the scheme on February 21, 2023. Speaking ahead of the deadline, the DUP EFRA Spokesperson said: “The Exceptional Costs Pig Scheme is currently open to applications. […]

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Co Fermanagh Business Fined for Water Pollution Offences

A County Fermanagh business, The Yolk Folk Egg Products Ltd, Old Coach Road, Arney, Enniskillen pleaded guilty and were fined a total of £17,500 plus £15 Offenders Levy at Enniskillen Magistrates’ Court today. The Court was told that on 20 July 2020 as a result of a complaint a Water Quality Inspector (WQI) acting on […]

Agriculture Community Constituency Government Lurgan Stormont Upper Bann Westminster

Lockhart Urges Government to Address Egg Industry Concerns

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has written to the DEFRA Secretary, Foreign Secretary and Cabinet Office to stress the importance of the Government working with the Northern Ireland egg industry, with a derogation impacting upon egg production due to expire at the end of this month. The DUP EFRA Spokesperson said: “The EU last year […]

Agriculture Armagh Community Constituency Election 2023 Elections Newry and Armagh

McKernan Welcomes Study Tour Opportunity for Large Dairy Herd Farmers

SDLP Cusher representative EmmaJayne McKernan has welcomed DAERA’s study tour which offers dairy farmers the opportunity to travel to England to learn about large dairy herd management. Ms McKernan said:  “I welcome the commitment of the department to continue to invest in the dairy sector through Farm Innovation Visits. Dairy farming and the consequent trade […]

Agriculture Community Constituency Council Government Newry and Armagh NMD Council South Armagh Westminster

Farmers Need Funding Certainty – Magennis

Sinn Féin councillor, Oonagh Magennis has said that farmers need certainty now for what funding the British Government will provide to replace the EU funding lost by Brexit. The Slieve Gullion councillor said: “I have brought forward a motion calling on the council to write to the British Government and the DAERA Permanent Secretary and […]

Agriculture Business Climate Constituency Newry Newry and Armagh

Plastic Exports Ban and Need for Caution

Joseph Doherty, Managing Director of Re-Gen Waste in Newry and member of Defra’s Advisory Committee on Packaging, urges caution around banning plastic exports. The cross-party Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has called for a ban on the export of all plastic waste from the UK by 2027. This would seem to be a […]

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£500k Rural Social Enterprise Investment Scheme Launched

Rural Affairs Minster Edwin Poots has launched a £500,000 capital grant scheme to aid established rural social enterprises to increase their capacity, potential profitability and sustainability. The Rural Social Enterprise Investment Scheme aims to improve rural social enterprise sustainability; to strengthen rural communities; to improve the economic circumstances of rural communities; and to work in partnership with […]

Agriculture Community Constituency Education Government Lurgan Upper Bann Westminster

World Milk Day a Reminder of Benefits of Dairy

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has said the ongoing provision of milk to schoolchildren under the School Milk Scheme is a great benefit to local schoolchildren, and encouraged other schools not taking part in the programme to consider participation. Speaking today, on World School Milk Day, Carla Lockhart said: “From birth, milk is the food […]

Agriculture Banbridge Business Constituency Government Upper Bann Westminster

Welcome for Fane Valley Renovations

Local MP Carla Lockhart has expressed her delight at the commencement of renovations to Fane Valley Stores in Banbridge. Commenting the DUP MP said: “It is fantastic that renovation works have started on what is a much used Fane Valley Store. I know for many it is the go to place for supplies.  This investment […]

Agriculture Community Constituency Government Lurgan Stormont Upper Bann Westminster

FBIS a Welcome Opportunity to Support on Farm Investment

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has welcomed the announcement by DAERA Minister Edwin Poots MLA of the opening of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme Capital (FBIS-C) tier one, tranche four. £10 million has been allocated towards this tranche. Commenting, the DUP MP said: “Farmers across Northern Ireland will welcome this opportunity for financial support towards […]