Following the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU), legislation which provided for intervention in the agricultural markets, and the provision of financial support to the agricultural sector, during actual or threatened severe market disturbance remained in place. DAERA is now considering making amendments to this legislation, relating to public intervention and private storage aid. The Department wishes to ensure that these arrangements are more appropriate to local circumstances and better suit the new Future Farm Support and Development Programme that will operate in Northern Ireland.
Views were welcomed from all sectors, age-groups, organisations and individuals and consultation responses will be used to inform recommendations on the way forward for an incoming Minister to consider.
The public consultation was open for a period of eight weeks, and closed on 24 October 2023.
A brief summary of responses, as well as the Departments' initial response to the consultation, can be found below.