Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs


The Agricultural Wages Board for Northern Ireland (AWB) has confirmed changes to pay for agricultural workers. ... more
16 March 2018
The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs today announced that Letters of Offer for Tranche 2 of Tier... more
15 March 2018
The Forest Service announces today publication of a research report on the potential for tree planting to reduce ... more

Our responsibilities


Angling policy including the role of Inland Fisheries, angling farms and stations and the conservation and protection of salmon and eels.

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Animal health and welfare

Information about diseases, disease control and prevention, welfare of farmed and non-farmed animals as well as importing and exporting animals.

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Protecting and preserving Northern Ireland's wildlife and habitats from invasive alien species and other environmental threats.

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Countryside management and managing your business

Information on agri-environment schemes, water quality, renewable energy and employing people on your farm.

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Crops and horticulture

Information on areas of crop growing and horticulture including combinable crops, potatoes, fruits and vegetables, seeds and nursery stock.

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Education and research

Education and training courses for the land-based and food industries and development programmes

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Environmental advice for planning

DAERA has a role in development management and responds to development proposals where there is potential for impacts on the natural and marine environments and fisheries interests.  

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Sea fisheries, aquaculture and fish health policy in Northern Ireland.

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Meat inspection, milk and milk products, personal food imports, egg packers

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Forestry education, forest industry, forestry and the environment, forest planning.Contact the NI Forest ServiceInformation on plant and tree healthUK Forestry Standard

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Grants and funding

There is a wide range of grant and subsidy schemes to support local farming, fisheries, rural businesses and communities. 

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Land and landscapes

Information on land quality and soil as well as details on the geology of Northern Ireland's distinctive and precious landscapes.

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Livestock farming

Information on key areas of livestock farming including dairy, beef, sheep, pigs, poultry and grass.

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Protecting Northern Ireland's coastal and marine environment via legislation, licensing and permits and conservation activities

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Plant and tree health

Pests and diseases, pesticides, plant passporting, imports and exports, surveys and compliance.

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Activities undertaken to prevent, monitor and control pollution of the air, land and water

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Protect the environment

Actions taken to raise awareness and counteract threats to the environment on both a local and global scale

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Rural development

Management and implementation of the Rural Development Programme and the Rural White Paper Action Plan

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A range of statistics covering agriculture, environment, rural communities, food, animal health, fisheries and forestry in Northern Ireland.

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Information relating to sustainable development and prosperity agreements.

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Promoting a more sustainable approach to dealing with waste in Northern Ireland by drafting waste legislation and implementating waste management policy 

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Protecting the aquatic environment by regulating water quality and hydrological processes whilst considering the needs of industry, agriculture and the protection of public health.

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Our documents

Access to information

How to request information from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs including Freedom of Information (FOI), Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

Management and structure

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has responsibility for food, farming, environmental, fisheries, forestry and sustainability policy and the development of the rural sector in Northern Ireland. ... more

Contact us

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Belfast BT4 3SB

Customer service

You can telephone our offices between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.  The opening times of our public offices are displayed on our DAERA website.  Our offices are closed on most bank holidays and public holidays.  Different opening hours apply to our public facilities such as forest and country parks, and information is available locally and on our website.  Please note that it is not possible to see members of the public at DAERA Headquarters in Dundonald House without a pre-arranged appointment.

Seeing callers

Officials will make every effort to meet with you at your nearest public office.

If you have a pre-arranged appointment, we aim to see you within 10 minutes of the agreed time.  If we have to cancel an appointment, we will explain why, give you as much notice as possible and arrange a new time to suit you.

If you have not made an appointment with us, we aim to see you within 15 minutes of your arrival.  If you are waiting longer, we will explain why and keep you informed.  A queuing system may be introduced in our public offices at busy periods.

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