WILLIAM Taylor and Sean McAuley from Farmers For Action have, on behalf of Northern Ireland Farm Groups, met with Tom Elliott MLA to discuss the current progress of the Northern Ireland Farm Welfare Bill in Stormont.
The Bill was discussed in detail by the previous Agriculture Committee in 2021 whereby they scrutinised the Bill and asked questions including those from Stormont’s RaISE Dept (Research and Information Service Stormont), all of which were answered by NI Farm Groups’ legal representatives.
Sean McAuley stated that Tom Elliott has taken a great interest in the Bill and its detail and how it would work in practise and had many questions, all of which were answered successfully. Tom went on to clarify how the Bill should progress from here forward and was extremely helpful in detail.
The Northern Ireland Farm Welfare Bill, if enacted, would return farmers a minimum of the cost of production inflation linked, plus a margin at the farm gate for all Northern Ireland produce and also has a climate change supporting section.
NI Farm Groups will continue to meet with MLAs to galvanise support for the Bill in anticipation that Stormont will get back to work at some point in the next few months.
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