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Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Estimates Further Vote on Account 2020-2021 (26 May 2020)

William Irwin: ...those who work in the agri-food industry and who rely on the various services offered by the Department, I pay tribute to my colleague the Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Edwin Poots, for his efforts to date. The Minister has shown a knowledge and willingness to push forward, and he has been proactive in addressing the concerns of the farming public from a general...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The Direct Payments to Farmers (Crop Diversification Derogation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (19 May 2020)

Edwin Poots: I will respond to Members, starting with the Chairman of the Committee. I am happy with the support that he has given as Chair of the Committee. With reference to the issues that he raised, in terms of ANC, as I explained at the time, that would have had to be taken out of the budget that existed and redistributed. There was no additional money to spend, so I could give money to ANC farmers...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (19 May 2020)

Pam Cameron: ...that we will see an increase in the number of people who are allowed at the graveside during a funeral, and I encourage the Executive to explore how that can be allowed. I also commend my colleague Edwin Poots for his action as AERA Minister in handling the opening of recycling centres in conjunction with the councils and for his recent announcement to permit angling. Yesterday's...

Agriculture Bill: Import of agricultural goods after IP completion day (13 May 2020)

Carla Lockhart: ...South (Claire Hanna). I, like my colleagues, am a devolutionist. The Northern Ireland Assembly debated and agreed a legislative consent motion on 31 March. In that debate, my party colleague, Edwin Poots, Minister for Agriculture, stated that he did not support a sunset clause. That was the agreed will of the Northern Ireland Assembly. With that in mind, and given the respect we ought to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2020-21 (5 May 2020)

William Irwin: ...post Brexit, we have to look at ways to ensure that our farmers receive support to weather the virus storm. That has added an extra layer of complexity. I know that the Minister, my colleague Edwin Poots, is acutely aware of that and is actively and progressively doing what he can to mitigate those challenges along with his Executive colleagues. As I have said before, farm support and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill: Second Stage (28 Apr 2020)

Paul Givan: Thank you, Mr Principal Deputy Speaker. Before I speak about the Bill, this is the first opportunity that I have had in the House to pay my respects to my colleague and good friend Edwin Poots. We share a constituency, I have known the family for many years and I knew Charlie throughout that time. A lot of glowing tributes have been paid to him. I had one experience with him when out...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business (28 Apr 2020)

Christopher Stalford: ..., Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and Oliver McMullan, who have both experienced close family bereavements this week. The Speaker has also given me leave to say a few words about the passing of Mr Charlie Poots. Charlie Poots was born in 1929 and reared in the aftermath of the Great Depression and the Second World War. Although a farmer, he did not come from the landed interest and had to work very...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Agriculture Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (31 Mar 2020)

Edwin Poots: The Agriculture Bill is a UK Government Bill. The rationale for extending the limited number of provisions to Northern Ireland has always been to ensure the continuation of a legal basis that provides for the current suite of agriculture support payments, Northern Ireland having exited the European Union; to provide the Executive with maximum flexibility to develop future agricultural policy...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Mr Ivan Davis (23 Mar 2020)

Edwin Poots: I have known Ivan Davis since 1973 when my father and Ivan were first elected to Lisburn Borough Council, which later became Lisburn City Council. Ivan was a true gentleman through all the time that I knew him. As Mr Butler pointed out, Ivan left the DUP in 1987. That was largely due to one particularly difficult individual, and we deeply regretted the loss of Ivan. Ivan was a fantastic...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Common Agricultural Policy (Direct Payments to Farmers) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (16 Mar 2020)

Edwin Poots: I welcome the comments made in the debate. Agriculture remains the most important element of industry in Northern Ireland. It employs in or around 100,000 people, has a turnover of £5 billion each year and provides food for close on 10 million people. Agriculture remains a key part of our society; it is part of the fabric of our society. It should not be dismissed as being of no relevance;...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Hightown Incinerator (16 Mar 2020)

Nichola Mallon: I am conscious that I do not want to step into the portfolio or brief of my colleague, Minister Edwin Poots, but I am clear that we should do more as a society to promote a circular economy. We should be reducing the packaging that we see in our shops and our supply chain, and, as individuals and consumers, we should be making better choices when it comes to purchasing products with less...

Eating Disorders Awareness Week — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (5 Mar 2020)

Jim Shannon: ...extremely well; they both were in an occupation that I had a particular interest in. They had approached the Department of Health back home but had not really got the response they wanted, so I met Edwin Poots, who was Health Minister at that time. Ultimately, through our contact with him and the Health Minister here, we were able to get that young lady over from Northern Ireland, where...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Areas of Natural Constraint (3 Mar 2020)

Edwin Poots: The Assembly will be sick of looking at me. Nonetheless, since my appointment as Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister, I have had a number of calls to introduce the areas of natural constraint scheme and have listened to concerns that the closure of the ANC scheme had, in some way, brought disadvantage to farmers in severely disadvantaged areas (SDAs). I welcome the motion, as...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate Crisis: House Refurbishment (3 Mar 2020)

Edwin Poots: The Member talks about 24,500 jobs. The question is this: who will pay for those? If it is the Assembly, where will it get the money from, and what areas will it be taken from? I have a lot of sympathy with the issue of retrofitting homes. Newer homes have tremendous ambient heat. Consequently, they use very little energy to keep warm because they retain heat so well. That is a place that we...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Wild Flower Planting Project (3 Mar 2020)

Edwin Poots: Yes. It is one of the things that I have asked about when looking at how we move beyond the current environmental farming schemes (EFS) to the next tranche. Wild flowers grow better on soils that are not so good. They excel where the soil is shallower or is more clay-ish in nature. It is a great thing to encourage wild flowers, and it is something that I would be keen to investigate further,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Immigration Proposals: Local Impact (3 Mar 2020)

Edwin Poots: At the minute, only around 9% of people who work in the agri-food sector would qualify under the new regulations that are being suggested. I welcome the fact that the regulations have been eased, but two sectors — one is the health and social care sector, which does not involve my Department, and the other is the agri-food sector, which does involve my Department — will be hit badly as a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting: Young People (3 Mar 2020)

Edwin Poots: Our young people are very important in the whole environmental issue. Young people are talking a lot about the environment. I encourage young people not to get lifts to school but to use public transport or to walk, and that would be more effective than strikes. That is one thing that I would say.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Rural Services (3 Mar 2020)

Edwin Poots: That is cross-departmental and affects a wide range of Departments. The Department for Infrastructure has many responsibilities for transportation, ensuring that people who live in areas that are more challenging to reach do not lose the opportunity to go to medical appointments and that their children have reasonable access to school transport and all of those things. We all have a role to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Lough Shore: Help for Local Fishermen (3 Mar 2020)

Edwin Poots: Maybe the Member needs to talk to the Minister for Infrastructure about flood alleviation and ensuring that our rivers maybe get a bit more dredging and can take more water away. If we look over at England and at many of the floods there, we see that it has been because of the lack of dredging that they have reached the point where many homes have flooded. Thankfully, in Northern Ireland, we...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Slurry Spreading: Regulations (3 Mar 2020)

Edwin Poots: Of course it will make it more difficult. If you have a small field, the buffer can create a problem. Some drains can be dry drains, so they are less of an issue. We need to ensure that there is less pollution of waterways while maximising nutrients going into the soil. Run-off is no good for farmers or the environment. We need to match the needs. That is why we are looking at soil analysis,...


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