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Organic Farming (Conversion of Animal Housing) (Amendment) Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2005

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1.  This Scheme may be cited as the Organic Farming (Conversion of Animal Housing) (Amendment) Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2005 and shall come into operation on 30th March 2005.

Interpretation

2.  In this Scheme “the principal Scheme” means the Organic Farming (Conversion of Animal Housing) Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2003(1).

Amendment of the principal Scheme

3.  Subject to Article 7, the principal Scheme shall be amended in accordance with Articles 4 to 6.

4.  In Article 2 (interpretation) –

(a)for the definition of “Council Regulation 2092/91” there shall be substituted the following definition –

“Council Regulation 2092/91” means Council Regulation (EEC) No. 2092/91 on organic production of agricultural products and indications referring thereto on agricultural products and foodstuffs(2) as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1481/2004(3);

(b)in the definition of “inspection authority” for the words “Organic Products Regulations 1992”(4) there shall be substituted the words “Organic Products Regulations 2004”(5);

(c)in the definitions of “livestock undergoing conversion” and “organic livestock” for the words “UKROFS standards” there shall be substituted the words “UK Organic Standards”;

(d)for the definition of “UKROFS standards” there shall be substituted the following definition –

“UK Organic Standards” means the standards set out in the Compendium of UK Organic Standards, May 2004 Edition, published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

5.  In Article 6 (conditions of eligibility) for the words “UKROFS standards” where they twice occur there shall be substituted the words “UK Organic Standards”.

6.  In Article 9 (closing date for claims) for the words “31st March 2005” there shall be substituted the words “31st March 2006”.

Transitional provision

7.  Articles 4(c) and (d) and 5 shall not apply in a case where expenditure has been approved by the Department for the purposes of a grant under Article 3 of the principal Scheme before coming into operation of this Scheme.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on 25th February 2005.

L.S.

D. Small

A senior officer of the

Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

The Department of Finance and Personnel hereby approves the foregoing Scheme.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Finance and Personnel on 25th February 2005.

L.S.

Jack Layberry

A senior officer of the

Department of Finance and Personnel

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