The organic farming element of the upcoming Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS) aims to convert 700ha of conventionally farmed land in NI into organic by 2020, Brian Ervine from DAERA told Organic NI members last week.

Subject to receiving business case approval from the Department of Finance, the EFS is to open for applications at the end of February for a month, with the first five-year agreements under the organic farming element beginning in July 2017.