Category Archives: Environment

Weather pressure

Richard Halleron outlines how local agriculture has switched into survival mode. Don’t be fooled by the few days of glorious sunshine that we all enjoyed at the end of May. The reality...

‘Going for Growth’ in agri-food

Peter Cheney summarises the Executive’s new agri-food strategy which aims to unite the different elements of the sector and significantly grow its value by 2020. A detailed agri-food strategy for Northern Ireland...

Food and farming Party policy

Agriculture is an important local political priority due to its significant role in the economy. agendaNi summarises the key policy commitments from the Assembly parties. Sinn Féin Minister: Michelle O’Neill MLA Parliamentary...

Agricultural differences

Peter Cheney compares the British and Irish Governments’ approaches to agriculture, which help to explain DARD’s close working relationship with the Republic. While officially represented by the UK Government in Europe, Northern...

Agri-food’s tale of two sectors

While the agri-food industry is prospering, its continued growth will depend on providing sustainable returns to farmers. Richard Halleron reports on agendaNi’s agriculture and food seminar, where industry experts called for a...

Food and fraud: the meat scandal

Misleading labelling has led to major investigation into the quality and safety of the supply chain. Food processors in Newry, Strabane and Monaghan have come into the media spotlight after investigators found...

Vion: adding margin

Seamus Carr, Managing Director of Vion Pork Business, talks to Owen McQuade about the challenges in the local pork processing supply chain and his focus on adding margin to the business. Seamus...

Dairy struggles with high costs

Rising costs are hitting dairy farmers’ incomes despite high milk prices, according to the UFU. Farmers want all processors to ensure a better return. The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has called on...