Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs


A co-ordinated and joined up strategy on land management will help to ensure that agriculture and the environment can ... more
20 October 2016
Environment Minister Michelle McIlveen has today welcomed the increase in household waste sent for recycling this spring... more
20 October 2016
Provisional Northern Ireland local authority collected municipal waste management statistics for April to June 2016 ... 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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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 health

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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, 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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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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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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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.

The Minister

Following the 2016 Assembly Election Michelle was appointed Minister for the newly formed Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.


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

DAERA helpline numbers

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