Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Angling policy including the role of Inland Fisheries, angling farms and stations and the conservation and protection of salmon and eels.… more
Information about diseases, disease control and prevention, welfare of farmed and non-farmed animals as well as importing and exporting animals.… more
Protecting and preserving Northern Ireland's wildlife and habitats from invasive alien species and other environmental threats.… more
Information on agri-environment schemes, water quality, renewable energy and employing people on your farm.… more
Information on areas of crop growing and horticulture including combinable crops, potatoes, fruits and vegetables, seeds and nursery stock.… more
Education and training courses for the land-based and food industries and development programmes.… more
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.… more
Forestry education, forest industry, forestry and the environment, forest planning.Contact the NI Forest ServiceInformation on plant and tree healthUK Forestry Standard… more
There is a wide range of grant and subsidy schemes to support local farming, fisheries, rural businesses and communities.… more
Information on land quality and soil as well as details on the geology of Northern Ireland's distinctive and precious landscapes.… more
Information on key areas of livestock farming including dairy, beef, sheep, pigs, poultry and grass.… more
Protecting Northern Ireland's coastal and marine environment via legislation, licensing and permits and conservation activities… more
Pests and diseases, pesticides, plant passporting, imports and exports, surveys and compliance.… more
Activities undertaken to prevent, monitor and control pollution of the air, land and water… more
Actions taken to raise awareness and counteract threats to the environment on both a local and global scale… more
Management and implementation of the Rural Development Programme and the Rural White Paper Action Plan… more
A range of statistics covering agriculture, environment, rural communities, food, animal health, fisheries and forestry in Northern Ireland.… more
Promoting a more sustainable approach to dealing with waste in Northern Ireland by drafting waste legislation and implementing waste management policy… more
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
Upper Newtownards Road
Belfast BT4 3SB
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.
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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