The agriculture sector in the North of Ireland has been highlighted as a “critical policy area during the EU exit negotiations” in an agreement struck between the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the Conservative Party.
The agreement will see the DUP support the minority Conservative government in a deal that includes a £1.5 billion funding package for the region.
The deal includes £1 billion extra funding for the region over a two-year period (500m had already committed by London), as well as a commitment to provide the same cash total in funds for farm support until the end of the parliament.
Among the bonus funding package for NI was a £400 million commitment to infrastructure development, as well as £100 million to tackle pressures in health and education.
Meanwhile in Belfast, attempts to restore the power-sharing Executive are still ongoing.
With Thursday’s deadline looming the Ulster Farmers’ Union issued a call for Northern Ireland politicians to reach an agreement to restore the power-sharing Executive.
This comes after the Ulster Farmers’ Union issued a call for Northern Ireland politicians to reach an agreement to restore the power-sharing Executive, with just three days left for Sinn Fein and the DUP to come to a compromise.
The previous Assembly collapsed as a result of the ‘cash for ash’ scandal.