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Department of Agriculture and Rural Development


Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill and Transport Minister Michelle McIlveen deliver Rural Community Transport S ... more
16 March 2016
The National Diploma food students at CAFRE’s Loughry Campus study the theory of food manufacture before using Loughry’s... more
16 March 2016
The College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise and The Irish Draught Horse Society Ltd of Northern Ireland were del... more

Our responsibilities

Animal health and welfare

Information about diseases, disease control and prevention, welfare of farmed and non-farmed animals as well as importing and exporting animals.

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Countryside management and managing your business

Information on agri-environment schemes, water quality, renewable energy and employing people on your farm.

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Crops and horticulture

Information on areas of crop growing and horticulture including combinable crops, potatoes, fruits and vegetables, seeds and nursery stock.

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Education and research

Education and training courses for the land-based and food industries and development programmes

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Sea fisheries, aquaculture and fish health policy in Northern Ireland.

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Meat inspection, milk and milk products, personal food imports, egg packers

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Forestry education, forest industry, forestry and the environment, forest planning.Contact the NI Forest ServiceInformation on plant and tree health

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Grants and funding

There is a wide range of grant and subsidy schemes to support local farming, fisheries, rural businesses and communities.

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Livestock farming

Information on key areas of livestock farming including dairy, beef, sheep, pigs, poultry and grass.

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Plant and tree health

Pests and diseases, pesticides, plant passporting, imports and exports, surveys and compliance.Xylella fastidiosa, a new threat to plants and trees

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Rivers and flooding

Reducing the risk to life and damage to property from flooding from rivers and the sea, undertaking watercourse and coastal flood management in a sustainable manner.

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Rural development

Management and implementation of the Rural Development Programme and the Rural White Paper Action Plan

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A range of statistics covering agriculture, food, animal health, fisheries and forestry in Northern Ireland

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Our documents

Access to information

How to request information from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development including Freedom of Information (FOI), Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

The Minister

Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Michelle O’Neill MLA was appointed as Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Stormont Executive on Monday 16th May 2011


Management and structure

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) aims to promote sustainable economic growth and the development of the countryside ... more

Contact us

Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Belfast BT4 3SB

DARD helpline numbers