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NI Agriculture Minister launches business plan

The 2021-2022 DAERA Business Plan focuses on recovery after the global pandemic, the challenges posed by the UK’s exit from the EU and the urgency surrounding climate change

Northern Ireland (NI) Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has launched his department’s business plan for the year ahead.

The 2021-2022 DAERA Business Plan focuses on recovery after the global pandemic, the challenges posed by the UK’s exit from the EU and the urgency surrounding climate change.

A department spokesperson explained the plan will focus on ensuring a sustainable future for agriculture, championing environmental protection and supporting a prosperous rural life.

DAERA Minister Edwin Poots said: There is no doubt that 2020 was a challenging year for Northern Ireland as a whole, but particularly for Northern Ireland’s agri-food sector and rural communities.

The department’s 2021-22 business plan will provide our roadmap for the year ahead. It is our first year of DAERA’s plan to 2050: Sustainability for the Future and will set us on our path to achieve our key strategic priorities, he said. It supports the outcomes set out in the draft Programme for Government as well as our key commitments under ‘New Decade, New Approach.

Speaking about the months ahead, the minister said: The plan will help us to develop NI policies to better suit our regional economy, our environment and our agri-food sector. It outlines our work in the next year, to protect and enhance the environment, support our rural communities, encourage growth and diversity in the agri-food sector, improve the health of people living here and ensure that sustainability is the common thread woven between them.

This sustainable approach creates a healthy environment to live in and will support a healthy population and stimulate healthy economic rural communities, Poots said. It will also help the agri-food sector to increase productivity, ensure environmental sustainability, improve resilience and focus on supply chain integration.