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Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Farming:  Russian Import Ban (9 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Michelle O'Neill: The ban is particularly affecting our dairy industry, and we are quite concerned about how it will impact on other sectors further down the line. The ban has mainly affected cheese. Last week, I went to Brussels and took part in a special meeting the EU had convened to get all the member states together to talk about the issue. I made sure that I impressed on the DEFRA Secretary...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Going for Growth (9 September 2014)

Michelle O'Neill: I am delighted that the Executive have endorsed the growth aspirations of the industry, as set out in 'Going for Growth' and agreed a proposed response as part of the package of significant support on CAP and the rural development programme announced at the end of June 2014. Since then, my officials have been working with colleagues across Departments to refresh and update the response prior...

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine TB (9 September 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: ...has the highest incidence of TB in Europe—greater than the sum of all other EU member states combined. Between 1997 and 2010, TB in cattle increased ninefold, threatening the future of our beef and dairy industries and our nation’s food security. That is why this Government are pursuing a comprehensive strategic approach, based on best international practice, supported by...

Business of the House (10 September): Backbench Business — Food Fraud (8 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Julian Sturdy: ...largest export sector, with sales booming by about 5% a year. Indeed, some of the UK’s most lucrative exports are now from the farming sector, with lamb exports up 8% year on year, cheese exports up 9% and dairy produce up an incredible 18%. Such successes play an important part in creating jobs and fuelling our economic recovery and must be encouraged to continue. We must also take...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan (8 September 2014)

Mark Durkan: ...Council area and aims to facilitate expansion and economic growth, with a focus on locus and Lisburn’s favourable location along key transport routes. Key designations include the primary retail core, promoting city centre living and creating 24-hour vitality through protected city centre housing areas. As previously referred to, the plan sets out the complementary role...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Agricultural Products: Russia (4 September 2014)

George Eustice: ...for 2013 at 18.9 billion. UK producers may face lower prices in some products as producers sell what was originally intended for Russia on the EU market. Some UK businesses had goods in transit, including dairy, poultry and fish consignments, which were turned away. Our investigations show very limited market impact caused by the ban with stable prices for most products. We recognise...

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine TB (2 September 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: ...scheme (BEVS) as part of the Government’s comprehensive strategy to make England bovine TB-free. Between 1997 and 2010 TB in cattle increased ninefold, threatening the future of our beef and dairy industries and our nation’s food security. That is why this Government are pursuing a comprehensive strategic approach, based on best international practice and supported by leading...

Agriculture and Food Industry — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Baroness Northover: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend Lord Plumb for calling this important debate, not least because it enables us to emphasise the huge contribution that our farmers and those in our food industry make to the economy. I feel immensely privileged to be answering the noble Lord. This is my opportunity to tell him that, when I was young, I recall my father, a tenant farmer, speaking in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (17 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Elizabeth Truss: I thank the hon. Lady for her congratulations. Let us be absolutely clear: the reality is that bovine TB represents a massive threat to our dairy and beef industries. We are looking at the potential loss of over 1 billion of economic growth in our country. We need to look at the best scientific evidence. I have already spoken with the Department’s scientific adviser about this...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Dairy Farming (8 July 2014)

George Eustice: Since its launch in October 2012, the Dairy Code of Conduct has helped to improve contractual relationships between farmers and their milk buyers. The code was developed by the industry and now covers more than 85% of domestic milk production. I regularly discuss the code with industry. I am aware of some concerns that exist about the notice periods for farmers where there are any price...

Rural Economy — Motion to Take Note (3 July 2014)

Lord Trees: ...and naturalist I value that hugely—and nourishes us literally. It is food, livestock production in particular, that I want to concentrate on today. After all, the production value of the livestock industry in the UK 2013 was more than 12 billion. We take food too much for granted. That is hardly surprising when one walks into a supermarket and sees the shelves groaning under...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture: Bureaucracy (30 June 2014)

George Eustice: DEFRA has taken a number of steps to reduce regulation in the agricultural industry. In January 2014, DEFRA announced proposals under the red tape challenge agriculture theme to scrap or improve 56% of the 516 regulations reviewed. DEFRA is carrying out a thorough review of the visits made by DEFRA and its regulators with the aim of significantly reducing the burden on generally compliant...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Food Supply (30 June 2014)

George Eustice: ...retailers to ensure the UK has the right climate to attract increased inward investment and to enable UK producers to grow and compete on global and domestic markets. To support the agricultural industry to improve productivity and competitiveness, the Government is investing 160 million in an industry-led UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies. Other activities in support of the...

Bovine Tuberculosis — Question (25 June 2014)

Lord Cunningham of Felling: ...culls of whatever kind—I remind your Lordships’ House that the cost of this problem of tuberculosis in cattle now exceeds 1 billion to the taxpayer, let alone the distress caused to those in our dairy industry who see their herds and livelihoods destroyed at the same time. We urgently need to find a solution and I suggest to the Minister that it should occur in a much...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Milk: Prices and Quotas (17 June 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Michelle O'Neill: The dairy sector makes a very important contribution to the local agrifood industry. To ensure its future sustainability, it is vital that the sector remain competitive and profitable. When milk quotas end, there will be no constraints on production, and future decisions will be taken by the dairy sector in the context of input costs and market returns. Some turbulence in the...

Bill Presented — Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill: The Economy and Living Standards (12 June 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Nicky Morgan: ...he did not stop there, because he summed up so beautifully all the Government’s achievements over the past four years. My hon. Friend the Member for Montgomeryshire (Glyn Davies) talked about the dairy industry in his constituency, and I heard what he had to say. The hon. Member for Eastleigh (Mike Thornton) talked about the increase in the personal allowance. His kind offer to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farmers and Food Producers (New Markets) (12 June 2014)

George Eustice: All I can say to my hon. Friend, who has been a champion of this industry for many years, is that we are working on many different fronts to create new markets. In the past year, we have opened markets for breeding cattle to countries such as China, for pig meat to Chile and for dairy to Cuba. In the year ahead, we will continue to look at exporting beef to Singapore and poultry meat to Papua...

Scottish Parliament: Breastfeeding (12 June 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Elaine Smith: ...this miraculous substance being celebrated, supported and encouraged to feed their designer food to their babies, big corporations profit from selling an inferior substitute. So, how did that happen? In the late 1800s, improvements in dairy production led to a whey surplus that needed a market outlet: that became the basis for artificial baby milk. It was used not because research had...

Scottish Parliament: Common Agricultural Policy (11 June 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Richard Lochhead: ...the start of negotiations, people thought that the CAP budget would perhaps be cut by about 30 per cent. Thankfully, that did not materialise, and the United Kingdom Government failed to abolish or phase out direct payments, on which our industry relies. However, Scotland has been left at the bottom of the table in payments per hectare—Europe uses that formula to give out the...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (10 June 2014)

Lord Plumb: ..., they varied in their content. Noble Lords will not be surprised that I want to relate my remarks on the gracious Speech to the role of agriculture and the food, forestry, farming and fracking industries in the economy of the United Kingdom—a kingdom which I hope will stay united. There are those among us who are well qualified to talk of industrial growth. We had a very fine...

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