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Gildernew announces extension to Fruit and Vegetable consultation

7 December, 2007


Sinn Féin Farm Minister Michelle Gildernew MP MLA has announced an extension to the closing date of the CAP Reform consultation on fruit and vegetable production.

The deadline to the current consultation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Fruit and Vegetable Reform has been extended to 31 January 2008. The decision is in response to representations received from key local stakeholders.

Announcing her decision, the Minister said:

"I am very pleased to be able to extend this consultation until the end of January 2008. This process began in October and it is important that everyone has enough time to fully consider all aspects of the CAP Reform. The extension offers everyone a further opportunity to express their views and suggestions to my Department."

All organisations which were sent the original consultation document are being informed of the extension.

The consultation was launched on 18 October and is accessible online at: http://www.dardni.gov.uk/index/consultations/active-consultations/fruitandvegetableconsultation.htm.


NOTES TO EDITORS:

Hard copies of the Consultation document and copies in other formats, e.g. large print, Braille disc, audio cassette and other languages, can also be obtained from:

Joe O'Reilly
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Policy and Economics Division
Room 810
Dundonald House
Belfast BT4 3SB.

E-mail: joe.o'[email protected]
Tel: (028) 9052 4521

Responses should be made to Joe O'Reilly at the above address. The deadline for replies to the consultation has been extended from 7 December 2007 to 31 January 2008.

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