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Gildernew comments on the Agricultural Income figures for 2007

31 January, 2008

Sinn Féin Farm Minister Michelle Gildernew MP MLA welcomed the reported rise in agricultural income figures for 2007 published today by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD).

The Agriculture Minister said:

"I am very pleased to note the 46% rise in the level of total income from farming in 2007 to £233million. Strong global markets for milk products and cereals have been a significant factor in this increase.

"However, I know that not all farmers have benefited from the strength of global markets. The large increase in concentrate feed costs has put huge strains on the intensive livestock sectors in particular. I recognise the challenges facing the red meat sector, as illustrated so graphically by the report of the Red Meat Task Force last autumn. Therefore, while the reported rise in income in 2007 is extremely welcome, there is much work to be done to help improve the position of all farmers." ENDS

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