On Christmas Eve, the Irish News Political Correspondent, John Manley had an interesting story in the paper about the RHI scheme and the sectors that it could have helped.
Deti’s delayed launch of the regional RHI in 2012 came not long after the Stormont-sponsored Agri-Food Strategy Board set out its plan to increase exports of beef, dairy, pork and poultry.
The plan was supported by then First Minister Peter Robinson, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and at its heart was a call for “integrated supply chains” that forged closer links between primary producers and processors.
The RHI was particularly useful to poultry farmers – or ‘growers’ as they are known in the industry – because heating the huge sheds in which the chickens spent their short lives with biomass (wood chip pellets) ensured better quality meat and reduced the amounts of ammonia produced.
Link to the full story is here
David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs