New Rural Development Programme must be ready to roll by 2007
Sinn Féin Agricultural and Rural Development spokesperson Michelle Gildernew MP MLA has met the new head of Rural Policy in DARD, Pauline Keegan.
Speaking after the meeting Ms Gildernew said:
"We requested the meeting to discuss the review of policy, the ongoing delivery of the Building Sustainable Prosperity programme, and to get an update on the whole Rural Development programme.
"Later this year DARD will publish the rural policy, and in the early part of next year publish proposals on how delivery should be rolled out. We expressed the need for the new programme to begin on time in 2007, so as no gap would open up.
"We hope that the needs of rural communities will be addressed by other government departments engaging with DARD to come up with rural policies and a budget to address rural need." ENDS