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Minister Smith announces outcome of 13th North-South Ministerial Council

At the thirteenth North-South Ministerial Council meeting in Agriculture sectoral yesterday the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Brendan Smith TD welcomed progress on a number of issues.  The meeting was held in the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) Hillsborough. As well as Minister Smith, the meeting was attended by Michelle Gildernew, MP, MLA, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Edwin Poots, MLA, Minister for the Environment.

Co-operation on Research

Ministers noted a presentation by officials on Co-operation on Research, which dealt with the current structures and funding streams for research in both jurisdictions and demonstrated the importance and benefits of ongoing cooperation. They welcomed plans to continue this cooperation and engagement on areas of mutual interest and benefit, including access to international and EU Funding Programmes, and looked forward to receiving an update at a future NSMC meeting in the Agriculture sectoral format.

Co-operation on Animal Health

Ministers agreed an All-Island Animal Health and Welfare Strategy designed to optimise the animal health status of the island through the alignment of policies to control animal disease.  Full co-operation on animal health issues has the potential to help reduce and prevent animal disease spread and facilitate trade. Ministers welcomed the ongoing progress on the delivery of initial activities of the Strategy including:

  • that progress towards the mutual recognition of Genotype Programmes is at an advanced stage; and
  • that the cross-border stakeholder event will take place on 12 April 2010.

CAP Issues

Ministers also noted that the EU Commission is expected to publish a review of the EU budget in June/July 2010 and a Communication on the future of the CAP in autumn 2010 and that DARD and DAFF will continue their consultations with stakeholders.  Both administrations will remain in close contact as negotiations progress. Ministers also noted the challenges facing the agriculture sector, in particular in relation to greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, and requested officials to remain in close contact on these issues and report developments to a future NSMC meeting in Agriculture sectoral format.

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Date Released: 01 April 2010