O’Neill supports rural drive to get communities online

Agri Minister Michelle O'Neill
Agri Minister Michelle O'Neill

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill has stressed the need to get rural communities across Northern Ireland online.

Encouraging people to attend a one-day drop in event to be held at CAFRE’s Enniskillen Campus on 15 March 2016 from 9.30am she said: “Being online has never been more important.

“It opens doors on many levels and I greatly welcome this initiative, as one which will provide practical support to help the rural community to get online.”

The event will coincide with the application window for famers to claim under the Basic Payment Scheme and the EU “Get Online” week. The event is open to farmers and everyone living in a rural community and is being organised by DARD in partnership with the Department of Finance and Personnel’s (DFP) Digital Inclusion Unit.

It forms part of the Go ON NI initiative to encourage and support the rural community in improving and developing their digital skills and access DARD and other government services online.

“I want to demonstrate the range of support measures in place to help farmers and the wider rural community who either don’t have access to, or are unfamiliar, with the internet and online government services,” added Ms O’Neill.

“There will be an opportunity to get involved in e-skills training in conjunction with CAFRE, local libraries and South West College, consider the range of broadband services available, and talk to DARD staff about submitting online applications for area based schemes.”