Sinn Féin’s Agricultural spokesperson Oliver McMullan has welcomed the news that the European Commission has recognised the North’s pigs are free from Aujeszkys disease.
Mr. McMullan said,
“The announcement by Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill that Irish pigs North and South have been given disease free status from Aujeszkys is good for the industry.
“Aujeszkys disease is an highly infectious disease that affects pigs and can cause production and welfare problems and it has massive trade implications for pig farmers.
“I recently attended a meeting of pig farmers at the Ulster Farmers Union with Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson in which the produces stated it would be a great help if the Minister could get Irish pigs the all clear.
“Todays announcement is therefore great news for the pig farming community and will allow for trade of pigs across the entire island of Ireland and a massive boost for the pig industry.”