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Gildernew launches ICT plans at Balmoral show

14 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Agriculture and Rural development Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA has announced plans for two new ICT events in October, including an all-island ICT conference.

An ICT open day will be held at CAFRE'S Greenmount campus on 29 October. CAFRE will also be hosting The Irish Society of Information Technology in Agriculture (ISITA) Annual Conference on 30th October, which is in the north for the first time. The conference is jointly hosted by the British Association for IT in Agriculture (BAITA).

The Minister announced the events during a visit to DARD's stand at the Balmoral Show. She said:

"People in rural Ireland need to have access to modern technology to support their growing businesses. This open day and conference will bring together people from Britain and Ireland to share experience and look at ways that farmers and farm families can get real benefits from using information technology."

The Minister continued: "My Department will continue to encourage innovative farmers to use the latest technology in their farm businesses and I would encourage people to attend the open day and conference." ENDS

Notes to Editor

If you would like futher information on either event please contact Dr Ronan Coll or Jason McFerran at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) on Tel: 028 9442 6756 or visit

CAFRE will be hosting an ICT Open Day showcasing the latest developments in hardware and software solutions for farm businesses on the 29th October at the Greenmount campus.

More information on both the Openday and Conference is available at

The British Association for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and Environment ( is dedicated to the development and advancement of the use of IT in the agricultural, food and environmental areas.

The Irish Society for Information Technology in Agriculture ( aims to promote the awareness, study, and use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in relation to agriculture and the rural community - research, education, extension, agribusiness, farming and rural development.

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