Agriculture Minister silent on Brexit trade threats

Social Democratic and Labour Party Agriculture Spokesperson Patsy McGlone MLA has said that the impact of a UK trade deal with Australia that includes zero tariffs on agriculture products would risk flooding local markets with cheap, low quality meat imports from third party countries that would decimate local farming businesses if the protections of the … Continue reading Agriculture Minister silent on Brexit trade threats

McGlone Welcomes Work towards PGI Status for Irish Grass-fed Beef

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has welcomed progress towards extending an application for Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for Irish Grass-fed Beef to include beef produced in Northern Ireland. The Mid Ulster MLA received an Assembly written answer recently from the Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (AERA) Minister detailing the all-island work towards … Continue reading McGlone Welcomes Work towards PGI Status for Irish Grass-fed Beef

McGlone: Minister has missed opportunity to set out vision for future of farming

SDLP Agriculture Spokesperson Patsy McGlone MLA has branded statutory rules introduced by the AERA Minister today as a ‘missed opportunity’ to set out a bold new vision for farming and rural communities. The Mid Ulster MLA said that Brexit has already cost farming communities £50m in loss of Rural Development and Bovine TD eradication funds. … Continue reading McGlone: Minister has missed opportunity to set out vision for future of farming

AQW 13308/17-22 – Travel Document Requirements for Assistance Dog Owners

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs how his Department plans to enforce the new requirements for documents for assistance dog owners to travel between Northern Ireland and Britain. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: The EU Pet Travel Regulation (Regulation (EU) 576/2013) details the documentary, … Continue reading AQW 13308/17-22 – Travel Document Requirements for Assistance Dog Owners

AQW 12230/17-22 – Rural Development Funding

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs what is the anticipated shortfall in funding as a consequence of the exit from the EU. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: In relation to future Rural Development funding, Northern Ireland will lose out on £34 million of funding … Continue reading AQW 12230/17-22 – Rural Development Funding

McGlone Welcomes Constructive Meeting with UFU and Irish Minister

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has welcomed a constructive virtual discussion between representatives of the Ulster Famers’ Union (UFU) and Irish Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue. The online meeting, which was facilitated by the Mid Ulster MLA, involved UFU office bearers, chief executive and beef and lamb policy officer and took place at the … Continue reading McGlone Welcomes Constructive Meeting with UFU and Irish Minister

AQW 10086/17-22 – UK carbon emissions trading scheme

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the British Government on the implementation of a UK emissions trading scheme that is linked with the EU emissions trading scheme. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Under the Northern Ireland Protocol … Continue reading AQW 10086/17-22 – UK carbon emissions trading scheme

AQO 1140/17-22 – Lease agreements for points of entry facilities post-Brexit

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to outline the progress his Department has made in securing the relevant lease agreements for suitable site locations for points of entry facilities before the end of the transition period. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: After a period … Continue reading AQO 1140/17-22 – Lease agreements for points of entry facilities post-Brexit