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‘Rural Development in Action’ launched

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill today launched a new guide which highlights the range of activities which are taking place across the north with help from the NI Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 (NIRDP).
Thursday, 19 January 2012

Worth over £500million to the region the NIRDP is designed to protect and enhance the rural environment and contribute to the development of rural businesses and thriving rural communities.

The new ‘RDP in Action’ guide, published by the Rural Network NI includes a range of projects and initiatives which have been implemented under the themes of Farming & Food, Environment & Countryside and Rural Life.

Comprising 50 projects which have been implemented under the current programme it also includes examples of how rural development funding is supporting rural life in the south of Ireland, Britain and Europe.

Speaking at the launch of the publication Minister O’Neill commented: “RDP in Action showcases how rural development funding is making a difference across the north. The region is brimming with life, activity, fresh ideas, new ventures and entrepreneurs of all ages and genders. The projects presented range from specialist woodcraft and baby food to recycling, planting native woodland and allotments to picture framing and organic pig production. The guide is a testament to the success of the programme so far.”

It is available to download from the Rural Network website or from Rural Network on email: or Tel 028 867 66980

Notes to editors:

  1. The Rural Network NI was established as part of the NIRDP and is one of four regional rural networks.Rural Networks are also operational in Scotland, England and Wales to assist in the implementation of those regions’ rural development programmes.
  2. The Rural Network NI identifies and share good practice, lessons learned and experience gained in delivery of rural development programmes. It also provides training for those delivering the NIRDP and works with Local Action Groups to promote and assist the development of co-operation projects.
  3. NIRDP 2007-2013 was approved by the European Commission in July 2007. The programme comprises fourteen measures which support: Improving the competitiveness of he agriculture and forestry sectors; Improving the environment and the countryside; and Improving the quality of life in rural areas and encouraging diversification if the rural economy.
  4. Further details of the programme can be found here.
  5. For media enquiries please contact DARD Press Office 028 9052 4619 or Out of office hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.