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 […]

Agriculture Community Government Politics Stormont

£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 […]

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

DUP Executive Boycott Abandons Farmers and Rural Communities – Magennis

Sinn Féin Councillor Oonagh Magennis has said that the DUP boycott of the Executive abandons farmers and rural communities facing an unprecedented cost of living crisis. The Slieve Gullion Councillor said:  “Our local farmers are facing spiralling costs of fuel, feed and fertilizer as well as the uncertainty caused by Brexit.  “The DUP boycott of the […]

Agriculture Business Constituency Government International Lurgan Upper Bann Westminster

25% Tariff on Steel Products Entering Northern Ireland

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has written to the Chancellor to request that he suspend the 25% tariff on steel products entering Northern Ireland. The tariff is being introduced as a result of the Northern Ireland Protocol, after EU quotas for global imports were exhausted. The DUP MP said: “The impact of this tariff will […]

Agriculture Community Government Politics Stormont

Poots Meets Agri-Food Industry to Discuss Ongoing Challenges Within the Sector

Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Edwin Poots MLA has met with representatives from the Northern Ireland Agri-Food Industry to discuss supply chain pressures and challenges caused by on-going rises in input costs and the cost of living crisis. Minister Poots previously described the pressures on the NI agri-food sector, including rising feed and […]

Agriculture Climate Community Constituency Council Government Newry Newry and Armagh NMD Council South Down

New Sustainability and Environment Director Welcomed to Council

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has welcomed its new Director of Sustainability and Environment. Andrew Cassells attended his first meeting as Director of the Sustainability and Environment Committee, formerly the Neighbourhood Services Committee, on Wednesday 17 August, where he was welcomed by Committee Chair, Councillor Oonagh Magennis and Vice Chair, Councillor Terry Andrews. Mr […]

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

Magennis Encourages Farmers to Register for Soil Nutrient Health Scheme

Sinn Féin Councillor, Oonagh Magennis, has urged farmers across South Armagh to register for the new Soil Nutrient scheme before the 31st August deadline. The Slieve Gullion Councillor said: “South Armagh and the wider area are included in zone 1 of this scheme, the first area to be covered. “Participation in the scheme will enable […]