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Poots steps back from farm

Poots steps back from farm 24 January 2020

Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots to ‘step back from farming’ to avoid conflict of interest (via Belfast Telegraph)

Agricultural Minister Edwin Poots has said he is to step back from farming in order to prevent any perception of a conflict of interest in his new post.

Mr Poots grew up on a mixed farm outside Lisburn and still lives with his family in the 19th century farmhouse in which he was raised.

The DUP stalwart revealed the move in a briefing to journalists on Tuesday and said he is in the process of finalising the paperwork to give effect to the decision.

Mr Poots said one of the biggest challenges his department is facing is climate change adaptation in farming.

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