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Gildernew welcomes stakeholder re-rengagement on responsibility and cost sharing

17 October, 2008

Minister Michelle Gildernew MP MLA has welcomed the news that farming industry stakeholders will re-engage with DARD in discussions on responsibility and cost sharing.

The Minister said "It is good news that key stakeholders have agreed to re-engage in discussions with my officials on responsibility and cost sharing.

"I have said before that it is only right that those affected by Animal Health and Welfare policies should have a clear say in the development of policy and its implementation.

"Greater involvement of industry in the decision making process will lead to better decision making. This will be brought about by increased understanding of the farming industry and collective partnership working and risk management.

"I look forward to receiving the industry's comments on the responsibility and cost sharing consultation within the extended deadline, and the continued engagement of stakeholders as we move forward on what I know is a difficult issue for industry."

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