27/11/2001

Rodgers opens ‘Vision’ conference at Loughry College

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bríd Rodgers, has opened the Vision Consultation Conference on the province’s agri-food sector.

After declaring the conference at Loughry College in Cookstown open, the Minister said: “I expect this Conference to complement and enhance the bilateral contacts, both verbal and written, which I am having with the stakeholders in the agri?food industry and those concerned with environmental and rural development issues. It is important to get the reaction of interested organisations to the views of other groups as well as to the Report itself.

“I emphasised to delegates that they must pay attention to all aspects of the Report including those comments and recommendations directed to the industry itself. The Vision exercise is not just about what Government can do for the industry but how the various parts of the food chain can take action to improve efficiency, marketing and, ultimately, the incomes of those involved.

Mrs Rodgers said that the Conference formed an important part of the consultation process and she looked forward to receiving the comments and opinions of all of those attending.

The Conference follows on from the delayed publication of the Vision Report into the future of the Northern Ireland agri-food sector in October this year.

The consultation period will end on December 31, 2001and as well as the Conference, the Minister is to conduct a series of bilateral meetings with stakeholders as part of the consultation.

Once the consultation phase is complete work will begin on the preparation of an Action Plan, which is expected to be published in the Spring of 2002. (SP)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

07 June 2021
'More Difficult' If Poots Does Not Take First Minister Role - Lewis
The NI Secretary of State has said that Edwin Poots' decision not to take on the First Minister's role will make things more difficult and that it would be a mistake. Brandon Lewis suggested to the Sunday Times that Mr Poots would not have regular access to the secretary of state or with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
03 June 2021
Call For Funding Response To Hospital Waiting List Crisis
NI's Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon is urging the Finance Minister to bring forward funding options to help with the current crisis in hospital waiting lists. The SDLP Minister is to propose that the Finance Minister bring forward options for funding a response to the current hospital waiting list crisis.
03 June 2021
Boris Johnson To Chair Coronavirus Recovery Summit
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to chair a coronavirus recovery summit with the leaders of the devolved nations later on today, 03 June. The meeting was due to take place last week but was postponed after the first ministers of Wales and Scotland pulled out because they wanted it to be a “meaningful discussion with substantive outcomes”.
02 June 2021
Minister Outlines £1bn Budget Commitments
The Infrastructure Minister has outlined high level budget commitments for the new financial year. The Department has a capital budget of £722.5million and a resource budget of £429.9m, which includes a £9.2m allocation specifically for Covid.
01 June 2021
Pandemic Exposes 'Deterimental Impact' Of Austerity On Education
The "detrimental impact" of a decade of austerity on education budgets and the socioeconomic polarisation of Northern Ireland's community has been exposed by Covid-19, a report has found. The findings were published in a report examining the links between persistent educational underachievement and socioeconomic background.