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Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Native Species: Ammonia Pollution Levels (22 Sep 2020)

Edwin Poots: Yes, we can. I would like a wide and potentially all-embracing means of addressing those issues, and ammonia is a key part of that. We believe that we can reduce ammonia emissions by, for example, stopping slurry spreading that uses the traditional splash plate in most instances and moving to a low-emissions spreading operation by 2025. We are giving people some time to acquire the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Ordnance Find: Ardglass (22 Sep 2020)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for the question. I suggest that it is more embarrassing than anything for the Member of Parliament for South Down to come out with the statement that he did, given that, as I believe, the ordnance dates back to the Second World War. We should be glad of anybody who was prepared to risk their life in order to make the ordnance safe. I am greatly appreciative of the people...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Rural Uplands: Biodiversity (22 Sep 2020)

Edwin Poots: The rural uplands have many opportunities. We have a lot of blanket bog in Northern Ireland, which captures vast amounts of carbon. Sometimes that blanket bog has been undermined by, for example, inappropriate tree planting, and the trees have absorbed a lot of the water that would end up in the bog. The drier the bogs, the more carbon they release and the less carbon is captured. We are...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Plastics: Food Packaging (22 Sep 2020)

Edwin Poots: I would consider it, but, as I indicated in the first paragraph of my initial response to this question, plastics are not exclusively bad. Nonetheless, we need to reduce the amount of plastic that we are using, particularly plastic that is used from virgin materials, and we need to ensure that that plastic is recycled and reused and does not end up in our oceans or landfill. It is important...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution: Impact of Homeworking (22 Sep 2020)

Edwin Poots: Apologies, Mr Deputy Speaker. I like to look at the person who I am responding to. My Department continually monitors the quality of air across Northern Ireland. That includes monitoring pollutants such as particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide. Given the respiratory nature of COVID-19, my officials continue to monitor air quality levels across Northern Ireland on a daily — and, if...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Potato Crop: Wet Weather (22 Sep 2020)

Edwin Poots: My Department's assessment is that the recent wet weather in August has caused some localised flooding in parts of the Kilkeel and Newcastle areas and has led to some disruption of blight control programmes and difficulties with the desiccation of potato crops across Northern Ireland. As we now move into the main period for potato harvesting, DAERA staff will continue to monitor the situation...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Flora and Fauna: Invasive Species (22 Sep 2020)

Edwin Poots: My Department is aware of the negative impact that invasive alien species (IAS) can cause to the local environment, with an invasive alien species strategy launched by the then DOE in 2013 detailing actions such as targeted eradication, awareness raising, research and development. The ongoing strategy has brought together many different stakeholders, including local councils, NGOs and other...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Lough Neagh Fishing Industry: Support (8 Sep 2020)

Edwin Poots: We recognise that the Lough Neagh eel fishery has been affected, and we will be looking to provide some support for that sector. We are looking at around £250,000 to implement a support scheme for inland fishermen who fish on Lough Neagh for the eel and scale fisheries. That course of work is not complete, but that is certainly the figure that we are looking at to provide support for Lough...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: EU Designated Points of Entry (8 Sep 2020)

Edwin Poots: A submission was made to the European Union by the UK Government on that issue. It is not something that I did; it is something that the UK Government did. They have agreed a protocol that I do not agree with, quite frankly. That protocol has the potential to cost every home in Northern Ireland additional money as a consequence of adding checks, which will have a cost to business that will be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting: Progress (8 Sep 2020)

Edwin Poots: Considerable work has already been done on that issue, and I welcome the work in my Department by the staff who have been focusing on that issue. There is absolute commitment to ensuring that we take this forward. We have also been in contact with the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy as we look to develop through that programme and receive support from it. We will be looking to draw down funding...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Salmon: Increasing Numbers (8 Sep 2020)

Edwin Poots: The Department has been seeking to stop net fishing for many years, and most of that is now done away with. The people who put the nets at the mouths of our rivers no longer do that, and that is positive because it allows more salmon to get back into our rivers. It is a hugely complex issue. Changes in water temperatures, climate change and all of that have been blamed for a lot of the issues...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Farm Business Improvement Scheme: Update (8 Sep 2020)

Edwin Poots: The farm business improvement scheme is something that we wish to take forward. It has been held back as a consequence of some of the decisions that have been coming from Shared Environmental Services (SES). I have given some instruction to SES that it should stay with the 1% while we do a course of work that will ensure that ammonia will be reduced, and reduced significantly, across Northern...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Veterinary School for Northern Ireland (8 Sep 2020)

Edwin Poots: Yes, I would, particularly on the basis that a lot of our young people are having to go outside the UK to study veterinary science. In our veterinary practices, there are many people who have come from outside Northern Ireland — outside the United Kingdom and Ireland, for that matter. It is quite common to have vets from many parts of Europe, for example, working here in Northern Ireland. I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Scale Fishing Rights: Lough Neagh (8 Sep 2020)

Edwin Poots: I am aware of that, and, being legal matters, those things will be tricky. I will want to have full assurances on those matters and to know that we are fully compliant with the law in how we conduct ourselves.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate Change: DAERA Initiatives (8 Sep 2020)

Edwin Poots: I do accept that that is the case, Mrs Barton. It is EU policy; let us put it out there. EU policy has restricted a lot of farm development over the last number of years. It has restricted growth in the economy. It has restricted job growth. Let us be very frank about it. However, these are laws that we will continue to live with for some time and, consequently, it is important that we seek...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Cranswick Country Foods: Closure (8 Sep 2020)

Edwin Poots: A number of people at Cranswick Country Foods, Ballymena have recently tested positive for coronavirus. During the week of 17 August, a decision was made by the Public Health Agency (PHA) to declare all workers on-site to be close contacts. This required all workers to undergo coronavirus testing and then self-isolate at home for 10 or 14 days, depending on test results. The ultimate decision...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate Change Bill (8 Sep 2020)

Edwin Poots: It is imperative that we build the evidence base and ensure government policymaking has climate and the environment at its core and that future policies and strategies can demonstrably deliver the outcomes that people expect. We need to fully understand the unique characteristics of the make-up of Northern Ireland emissions and determine what is our equitable contribution to net zero. That is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Question for Urgent Oral Answer — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Waste Storage at Edenderry Industrial Estate (21 Jul 2020)

Edwin Poots: I am certainly happy to look at how we can strengthen laws and ensure that we can have the appropriate responses. For example, we still have waste that was dumped here that needs to be repatriated to the Republic of Ireland. When I was previously Minister, we got an agreement from the then Republic of Ireland Minister that waste would be removed from 20 sites. I was somewhat surprised, when I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Climate Change and the Introduction of a Climate Change Act (21 Jul 2020)

Edwin Poots: That is entirely a matter for the people who are looking at it. Importing gas from Russia or importing oil from the Middle East does not necessarily strike me as being more environmentally friendly than doing it here. Nonetheless, that is for those people. I have no idea whatsoever about that application, and I will not comment on it. It may come across my desk, with factual information that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Sea Fish Industry (Coronavirus) (Fixed Costs) Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2020 (7 Jul 2020)

Edwin Poots: I thank Members for their contributions to the debate. Throughout the pandemic, my officials have continued to meet on a weekly basis with industry representatives from right across the areas that we cover to discuss the implementation of the support schemes. More recently, they have discussed what future support might be required for the fishing industry in the months ahead in order to...


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