Media and video updates in relation to the current outbreak of COVID-19.
New Strategies of AgriSearch NI – 09/12/2020
DAERA Minister Edwin Poots met with AgriSearch NI to discuss its new strategy, including plans to develop a new ‘Beacon’ network of farms and the potential for future collaboration with DAERA.
Farm Business Improvement Scheme – 02/12/2020
DAERA Minister Edwin Poots calls on farmers to get their Farm Business Improvement Scheme applications in by the 4pm deadline on Friday 4th December. More info can be obtained here.
CAFRE playing its part in the fight against Covid-19 – 30/11/2020
CAFRE has worked hard to minimise the spread of Covid-19 in order to protect students and staff across all its campuses. All of us have our part to play in the fight against Covid-19.
NI Water & Woodland Trust tree planting plans – 27/11/2020
As National Tree Week begins DAERA Minister Edwin Poots visits Aughrim Hill & Fofany in the Mournes to see tree planting plans by NI Water and the Woodland Trust in action which are part of his plans to plant 18 million trees in the next decade.
The Ulster Farmers Union Deputy President David Brown delivers the UFU’s Covid-19 message - 27/11/2020
The Ulster Farmers Union is urging everyone to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines, we all have our part to play in the fight against Covid-19.
Opening of the new Adventure Play Trail in Gosford Forest Park – 26/11/2020
Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots attends the opening of a new Adventure Play Trail in Gosford Forest Park, Markethill. Read the news story.
Play your part in improving air quality – 25/11/2020
Watch as Environment Minister Edwin Poots and Head of BHF NI Fearghal McKinney encourage people to play their part in improving the air we breathe and reducing the number of avoidable deaths associated with air pollution.
Ministers shocked at peat slide devastation – 24/11/2020
DAERA Minister Edwin Poots and DAFM Minister Charlie McConalogue visit Meenbog and discuss their shock by the devastation caused by the peat slide. Read the News Story here.
Ministers visit to McQuillan Environmental – 24/11/2020
Environment Minister Edwin Poots has visited McQuillan Environmental hazardous waste facility in Antrim to discuss their role in supporting local industry as well as plans for future developments in the local waste sector.
Avian Influenza - 20/11/2020
Watch as Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots urges all poultry keepers to review their biosecurity today! Help keep Avian Influenza out of your flock.
Project Stratum scheme - 19/11/2020
Minister Edwin Poots is delighted to support Project Stratum, to which DAERA has contributed £15M to facilitate the further roll-out of reliable broadband speeds to benefit rural homes & businesses.
The Northern Ireland Livestock Auctioneers Association – 16/11/2020
The Northern Ireland Livestock Auctioneers Association is reminding all of us to play our part in the fightback against Covid-19.
Minister Poots visits North Down to see the efforts being made to protect our natural environment – 16/11/2020
Environment Minister Edwin Poots visits Seapark beach in Hoylwood and new development works at Cairnwood Forest in Ards. You can read the news story at the link below:
Castle Espie’s 30 year anniversary – 13/11/2020
Watch our video on Minister Poots visiting Castle Espie to celebrate their 30 year anniversary and to hear about their work.
Forest Service introduce measures to help reduce the risk of the spread of coronavirus in our forests and facilities – 12/11/2020
Walking and exercise are important to support our immune system and mental health. With more of us now using our forest parks, Forest Service is reminding all if us to play out part in the fightback against Covid-19.
The Farm Business Improvement Scheme – 11/11/2020
Do you want to improve the sustainability of your farm? The Farm Business Improvement Scheme might be able to help. It will provide support for farmers and growers to invest in equipment and machinery. More information is available on the DAERA website.
£1.5 million investment to boost rural tourism in County Antrim – 10/11/2020
Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots explains how a new project near Dunluce Castle forms part of a wider £1.5 million investment to boost rural tourism in County Antrim. Read the news story.
Horticulture Compensation Fund – 09/11/2020
With less than a week to go DAERA Minister Edwin Poots urges horticulture businesses who suffered losses in the Covid-19 pandemic to get their applications in for financial support. More information is available at: Covid-19 schemes for agriculture and horticulture sectors
Minister visits Anne’s Glen in County Armagh with the local Community Development Association - 06/11/2020
Watch our video of Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots visit to The Glen in Glenanne, County Armagh where he met with local community groups to discuss plans to improve the area.
Recycling end of use plastics – 29/10/2020
Watch our video of Environment Minister Edwin Poots’ recent visit to Plaswire Ltd. in Lurgan to see how they recycle end of use plastics.
Movanagher Fish Farm on UTV – 19/10/2020
Interested in fish? Watch Joe Mahon’s Lough Foyle tonight on UTV at 8pm which features Movanagher Fish Farm. It includes interviews with staff from the farm as well as with some Forest Service staff.
Covid-19 Support Scheme - Ornamental Horticulture - 16/10/2020
DAERA Minister Edwin Poots calls on eligible businesses to apply for the Ornamental Horticulture element of the COVID-19 support scheme. Read the Story.
Praise for Cross Community Work at Fishing Project – 16/10/2020
Minister Edwin Poots explains the important role a cross community urban fishing project plays at the Belfast Waterworks. Read the Story
International Day of Rural Women – 15/10/2020
Watch our video of Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots marking ‘International Day of Rural Women’ by making the opening address at this year’s N.I. Rural Women’s Network virtual event.
Clean Air Day – 09/10/2020
Environment Minister Edwin Poots & Department of Infrastructure Minister Nicola Mallon marked ‘Clean Air Day’ with a commitment to NI’s air quality. Read the News Story.
Please ‘Do Not Disturb’ – 09/10/2020
It’s grey pupping season & its usual that pups are left on rocks while mum goes in search of food. Seal pups must never be coerced back into the sea. If you see anyone disturbing them, please report to the PSNI on 101 or Marine & Fisheries Division on 028 90569262
WD Meats preparing to export NI beef to the USA – 08/10/2020
Watch our video of Minister Edwin Poots visiting WD Meats yesterday as they prepare to export NI beef to the USA for the first time in 20 years.
A further £1.7 million allocated to N.I.’s fishing fleet – 06/10/2020
Fisheries Minister Edwin Poots outlines his £1.7 million support announcement for our full-time fishing fleet, bringing the total amount of support this year to £3.2 million. More information can be obtained on the DAERA website.
Get into Nature – 01/10/2020
Environment Minister Edwin Poots calls on the public to continue to ‘get into nature’ this autumn. For more information see the DAERA website.
Is your business good at recycling? - 01/10/2020
Our recycling consultation closes this Sunday (4th October)! Why not join our conversation on the future of recycling & waste management in NI.
Recycle Week - 21/09/2020
Today is the start of ‘Recycle Week’ and this year’s theme is ‘TogetherWeRecycle’ so why not take a moment & join our conversation on the future of recycling.
Covid Support Scheme – 17/09/2020
Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots reminds farmers to apply for the Covid Support Scheme before time runs out. You can apply through your DAERA Online Services. More information is available at Covid-19 schemes for agriculture and horticulture sectors.
Minister Poots visit to CAFRE’s Hill Farm Centre at Glenwherry – 16/09/2020
Watch our video of the Minister’s visit to CAFRE Hill Farm Centre at Glenwherry where he seen first-hand their excellent work from good biodiversity to good agricultural practices which is all enabling our species population to grow.
Support Package for Dairy, Beef or Sheep – 15/09/2020
Are you applying for the Covid-19 support package for dairy, beef or sheep & need help completing the form? Follow our Step-By-Step Guide To The Covid-19 Online Application for help with online applications.
Waste Management - 10/09/2020
Environment Minister Edwin Poots explains the benefits of turning our waste into energy at a visit to the Full Circle plant with Brett Ross MD.
Support the Local Agri-Food Sector – 09/09/2020
Today is ‘Back British Farming Day’ and DAERA Minister Edwin Poots calls on the public to continue to support the Local Agri-Food sector.
Covid-19 Support Scheme – 09/09/2020
Minister Poots has outlined his new Covid-19 Support Scheme at the NI Assembly. All eligible farm businesses will be contacted & asked to submit an application to avail of the funding. More information can be obtained by visiting the DAERA website.
Assistance with applying for Environmental Farming Scheme (Tranche 4) – 03/09/2020
Farmers/Agents do you need help applying for Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS)? Watch our video on applying for Tranche 4
Love Lamb Week – 01/09/2020
To mark the start of ‘Love Lamb Week’, Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots explains the high quality standards of our local lamb product.
Discussion on the ‘Future Recycling and Separate Collection of Waste of a Household Nature in Northern Ireland’ - 01/09/2020
Do you have a business that is responsible for recycling? Take part in our consultation about the future of recycling and help us shape the landscape of waste management in NI.
Rural Business Development Grant Scheme - 17/08/2020
Watch our video of Minister Poots’ recent visit to the Milk Hut in Portrush who benefited from DAERA funding. Visit Rural Business Development Grant Scheme if you would like to apply.
DAERA Grant Schemes – 07/08/2020
Are you a rural business owner? Minister Edwin Poots encourages you to avail of £2.7m grant schemes to improve your business.
£250k funding for the villages of Magheralin and Kinallen in Co. Down through the Village Renewal Scheme – 09/07/2020
Minister Edwin Poots views the development of a soccer pitch in Magheralin and environmental works in Kinallen.
Rural Support - 09/07/2020
DAERA Minister Edwin Poots has praised Rural Support for their work during the Covid-19 pandemic in assisting farmers and farm families in rural communities.
Agriculture Minister outlines £25m Covid-19 fund – 30/06/2020
Minister Edwin Poots confirms £25m funding allocations to those sectors who suffered losses due to Covid-19.
DAERA funding helping rural communities during Covid-19 - 15/06/2020
Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots has visited two community organisations that have received funding from DAERA to deal with issues affecting the rural community during Covid-19
Support Package - 12/06/2020
The £25m support package for the agriculture and horticulture sectors must be targeted towards those most in need, evidence-based and distributed on an equitable basis, Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots MLA has said.
Volunteers Week - 07/06/2020
As Volunteer Week comes to a close, we would like to pay special thanks to our rural volunteers that contribute so much. Our volunteers have been responding to Covid-19 and helping those most isolated. Check out how volunteers from the Forest Service have been helping out.
'Big Thank You Thursday' - 28/05/2020
For ‘Big Thank You Thursday’ please clap for all the volunteers who have been delivering food parcels to those who need it most during COVID-19 including our Forest Service volunteers
Minister Poots visited Movanagher Fish Farm - 27/05/2020
Minister Poots visited Movanagher Fish Farm yesterday to announce a £360,000 funding package to support parts of the aquaculture sector during COVID-19
Minister Poots visited Ballylisk Dairies - 25/05/2020
Minister Poots visited @ballyliskarmagh on Friday to see how they’ve adapted to keep trading during COVID-19. Many food companies are adjusting to keep food on our tables #thankyou
Thank you Thursday - 21/05/2020
It’s thank you thursday time to clap for our heroes Throughout covid19 our agrifood sector food heroes from farmers to processors to retailers are working round the clock to keep food on our tables. Give them a big clap
Minister Poots thanks farmers & meat plant workers and encourages the public to support local and buy local beef – 29/04/2020
Minister Poots & Minister Swann visit AFBI Labs ahead of the announcement that AFBI will assist with Covid-19 testing - 15/04/2020
Minister Poots repeats his call urging us all to respect our key workers in waste collection – 05/04/2020
Minister Poots announces £1.5m support package for fishing industry – 03/04/2020
Thank you to our local Food Heroes - 01/04/2020