07 February 2017
Michelle McIlveen has said the opening of a scheme to remove BVD infected animals is the delivery of a commitment made to farmers by the Democratic Unionist Party.
Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
The Strangford candidate said, “This scheme is a vital step forward in the attempts to eradicate BVD. It will ensure that infected animals are removed from herds and prevent its spread.
These are the kind of real and meaningful programmes I have been working to bring forward since becoming Minister last year. During last year’s election campaign we made a commitment to reducing the level of non-notifiable diseases, including BVD. This announcement is delivery upon that commitment.
At the end of last year I was also able to announce that Northern Ireland would be the first region of the United Kingdom to process advance payments. This was the fulfilment of another commitment made during last year’s Assembly election campaign.
When previously commenting on the scheme I had said that I wanted to open is as soon as possible after the 1st February. It will now be open just a week after that target, which ensures that local farmers will benefits from this as quickly as possible. I want to see this kind of positive action for our industry continue which is why I want to see the Assembly back again quickly after the election, and back working for the people of Northern Ireland.”