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Environmental polices should recognise rural needs - McMullan

22 July, 2015 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has called for an urgent meeting with Environment Minister Mark H Durkan to discuss the impact of environmental policies on farming communities. 

The agriculture spokesperson said; 

"I attended a case alongside a farmer who was taken to court for moving tyres on his own land without a licence. 

"This has the potential to have a major negative impact for farmers.

"If proposals from the department go ahead farmers will have to pay £854 for a licence to bring tyres onto their land for agricultural use. And they will have pay for an additional licence if they need any more tyres after three years. 

"This could force some farmers to stop using silage and opt instead for round bales, the plastic from which is very expensive to recycle. This would end up having a detrimental impact on the environmental. 

"I am seeking an urgent meeting with the Environment minister to discuss the impact of this and other environmental policies. 

"Farmers and those who live and work in the countryside are committed to conservation and protecting the environment. However, there must be a common sense approach which considered the needs of the agricultural sector."

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