Poots promotes the quality of Northern Ireland food and drink

Date published: 10 March 2022

Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots MLA has taken part in a tour of local food producers, to see first-hand how they partner with local suppliers to sell their produce in newly established farm shops across Northern Ireland.

DAERA Minister Edwin Poots pictured (L-R) at Carnbrooke Farm Shop with owners Jason and Jacqueline Hamilton, and Michele Shirlow, CEO FoodNI.

During his tour, which was organised by FOODNI, the Minister visited Millbank Farm Shop in Saintfield, Springmount Farm in Ballygowan and Carnbrooke Farm Shop in Lisburn and met producers from VegNI, the Comber Earlies Growers Co-operative and Stonebridge farm in Crossgar.

Minister Poots said: “I am passionate about the quality of our local food and it is a pleasure to meet with local farmers and growers who are actively marketing and promoting all that is good about the high quality food and drink produced in Northern Ireland. My Department continues to support the promotion of our quality local food through the Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme and supports co-operation initiatives between local producers through the Agri-food Cooperation Scheme.”

Chief Executive Officer for FoodNI, Michele Shirlow said: “I am delighted that the Minister has taken part in this tour, which showcases some of the best Northern Ireland food has to offer. I welcome DAERA’s ongoing commitment to the promotion of our high quality food and it is encouraging to see how local farm businesses have diversified and grown throughout the challenges of the pandemic to establish thriving farm shops promoting the quality, sustainability and value of local produce.”

Further details on the Agri-food Co-operation Scheme, which can assist farmers and local food producers to partner with others in the development of new project ideas.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The Agri-food Cooperation scheme is part of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme and supported through The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
  2. Countryside Service Ltd deliver the Agri-food Cooperation Scheme on behalf of DAERA.
  3. Further information on the Agri-food Cooperation Scheme can be accessed from the DAERA website or the Countryside Service Ltd website.
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  5. All media queries should be directed to the DAERA Press Office: pressoffice.group@daera-ni.gov.uk
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