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Farming and rural areas

Agriculture is the biggest industry in Northern Ireland and is the central focus of many rural communities. It is important that a strong and sustainable agricultural sector exists alongside strong and sustainable rural communities. This will include supporting farmers to expand into related businesses and supporting rural communities to maintain their quality of life.

Farming is at the heart of the rural economy. It employs just short of 50,000 people. But it faces a range of challenges from areas such as increased competition, climate change and price volatility. We want to secure farming as an industry at the centre of Northern Ireland's economy.

Alliance plans to improve the agricultural sector include:

Alliance also believes that supporting rural communities is essential to make sure that people who in rural areas have access to the same quality services as those that live in urban areas. We will do this by: