The government has announced it is to put its post-Brexit farming plans for Northern Ireland to a public consultation.
Members of the public will have until 10 October to give their opinions on the plans which include measures to support farms and reduce their impact on the environment.
EU subsidy payments to Northern Irish farms will cease in 2019 with the government aiming to find the best solution to the loss of funds. It is not thought that a new farming plan for Northern Ireland will be implemented until 2022.
Many Northern Irish farmers rely on the subsidy payments for the main portion of their income. The Ulster Farmers’ Union said a consultation was welcome, however it said it had taken too long “to get the document onto the table”.
Ivor Ferguson, Ulster Farmers’ Union president, said: “We have to make sure that Brexit is an opportunity for farmers here. This is an opportunity to create a better system, and it is essential we take this chance to get it right.”