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    New survey seeks farmers’ views 11 March 2020

    Farmers invited to contribute their views on future agricultural policy

     

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    Farmers across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to participate in an important survey to seek their opinions on current and future agriculture policy.

    Much has been suggested about what the local farming industry could look like in future years as the UK prepares to exit the European Union and devolved administrations having a greater influence in shaping future agricultural and environmental policies.

    Northern Ireland Environment Link (NIEL), the networking and forum body for organisations interested in the natural and built environment of Northern Ireland, have secured funding to run a survey to explore farmers’ opinions and want to hear from a wide range of farmers in order to assess views on the current state of farming, problems they are facing, and their opinion on possible future changes to agricultural policy in Northern Ireland. This research will inform NIEL and other stakeholders of what is important to local farmers, allowing them to tailor policy advice to DAERA on the needs of the farming community.  NIEL sought input from a range of bodies and organisations including the Northern Ireland Nature Friendly Farming Network in the design of the survey.

    All answers will be anonymous and farmers can be assured that neither they nor their farm will be associated with the findings in any way. The information collected will be analysed by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) and the statistics may be used in academic publications, conferences and seminars. Anonymised results may be shared with relevant stakeholders and researchers for further detailed analysis.

    The interview mainly consists of multiple–choice questions and should take less than 15 minutes to complete. If farmers would like to complete the survey please visit: https://consultations.nidirect.gov.uk/niel/farmers-survey-2020 and follow the simple instructions. The survey will run to 23rd March 2020.

    Notes to Editors

    • Northern Ireland Environment Link (NIEL) is the networking and forum body for organisations interested in the natural and built environment of Northern Ireland.
    • NIEL secured funding through the DAERA’s Environment Fund to run a survey to explore farmers’ opinions on current and future agriculture policy.
    • NISRA Hub will assist with the analysis of survey responses and development of a report on the findings.  

    Media Contact:

    Sean Kelly, Northern Ireland Environment Link. Telephone: 028 9045 5770