McIlveen highlights importance of agri-food sector on visit to Ballymena Show

Date published: 31 May 2016

Newly-appointed Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Michelle McIlveen today met with farmers and producers on a visit to Ballymena Show.

Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen with one of the cattle on show at the Ballymena Show

Miss McIlveen said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity so soon after my appointment to get out and about and meet members of the farming and rural communities.

“This visit to Ballymena Show has given me the chance to see for myself the quality of our agri-food sector. Speaking with the farmers, exhibitors and prize-winners, I got a real experience of the knowledge and skills, pride and dedication plus the determination and resolve within the industry in the current challenging financial climate.”

The Minister added: “It is very clear to me that the farming sector and wider agri-food industry make a very valuable contribution to Northern Ireland’s economy.

“I had the opportunity to listen to farmers about their key concerns, both across production and in their role as environmental custodians and this has certainly given me a grasp of the breadth of the agriculture, environment and rural affairs portfolio which I have taken on.”   

The Minister concluded: “I congratulate the show’s organisers on an outstanding event, a great social occasion and stage on which to showcase the quality of our farming and the vibrancy within our rural communities.”  

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