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Growing the Agri food sector a priority - McAleer

Published: 6 February, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has praised the Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill on exploring new markets to increase the agri food industry. In response to a question to Minister O'Neill, Mr McAleer said, "The agri food sector is the biggest growing sector in the North and has the potential to employ thousand of people if we increase our production. "I am delighted to hear that the Minister is now in negotiation to get pork farmers access to the Australian market and beef farmers access to the Philippines market. "As well as that the Minister is continuing to open up the huge Chinese market to farmers from the North as well as having beef cleared for the US market. "This commitment to expanding the agri food sector has to be welcomed and Invest NI and other agencies must get behind the Minister in ensuring that we continue to grow this sector to maximise its potential to the economy in the North."