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Public get say on Rural Development plan

ONE of six public consultation events on the draft NI Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020 will take place in the Armagh City Hotel next month, Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill announced today (Monday).

The programme was launched on July 1 and will remain open for 16 weeks, closing at 5pm on October 21.

The Minister said: “The next Rural Development Programme is going to play a huge role in shaping the lives of everyone working or living in our countryside over the next seven years. It is essential that as many people as possible have their say on what should be in the Programme. So whether you are a farmer, a landowner, a member of a farm family, a rural business, a rural social enterprise or simply live in a rural area, I want to hear from you.”

Minister O’Neill (pictured) added: “This is a great opportunity to find out more about our proposals and to hear what others are thinking about our next Rural Development Programme. Your participation is key to making sure that the next Programme does the things that you want it to do. I urge you to make every effort to attend.”

Six public consultation events are planned on a county basis across Northern Ireland. The Co Armagh event will be held in the Armagh City Hotel on Thursday, September 12, from 7pm to 9pm.

Those attending will hear about the proposals for the next programme and will have the opportunity to ask questions of DARD officials.

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