Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs
Agencies and Other Associated Bodies
The Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI) was created on 1st April 2006 as an amalgamation of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Science Service and the Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland. AFBI is a leading provider of scientific research and services to government, non-governmental and commercial organisations.
The Agri-Food Strategy Board's role is to provide strategic advice to Executive Departments and Agencies on a range of issues affecting the agri-food sector. It will lead the further development of the existing Focus on Food Strategy into a longer term strategy and associated implementation plan for the agri-food sector, in line with the Programme for Government 2011-15. The Board consists of an independent Chairperson and twelve members, eight industry members selected by Ministers with the relevant skills and experience to develop a strategy, along with four senior officials nominated by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affiars, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and Invest NI.
The Agricultural Wages Board for Northern Ireland is a statutory body which meets three times a year, to determine the minimum gross wages payable to agricultural workers and to set some conditions for holiday and sick pay entitlement.
The Forest Service is an Agency of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.
The Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body, which was established by Statute (The Livestock Marketing Commission Act [Northern Ireland] 1967) to assist the development of the livestock and livestock products industries.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) is an Executive Agency within the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.The NIEA works to protect, conserve and promote the natural environment and built heritage.
The Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affiars.
Publications in this Department
Consultation papers, briefing documents, inquiries, reports and reviews (non-serial).