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Gildernew meets with counterpart in Dublin on a range of agricultural issues

20 March, 2009

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Michelle Gildernew MP MLA, today met with Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Minister Brendan Smith TD at Farmleigh House in Dublin.

Today’s meeting was the 10th occasion that the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) Agriculture sectoral meeting has been held. The Ministers discussed moves towards closer co-operation on a range of all-island animal health and welfare issues and welcomed successes so far.

Speaking at Farmleigh House, Minister Gildernew said: “This is the first NSMC of 2009 and I am pleased to report progress on a number of fronts. Following the contaminated feed incident at the end of last year, we have agreed to strengthen our cooperation in dealing with major incidents of this nature and requested our officials to review and if necessary, revise the existing arrangements.

“My officials continue to work closely with their counterparts in Dublin to finalise the All-island Animal Health and Welfare Strategy.

“I am pleased to note the progress on the development of the strategy. I welcome the consultation with our key stakeholders that has taken place, and welcome the support of farming organisations North and South. We have agreed to convene a cross-border event later this year to bring together key stakeholders to discuss delivery of the strategy.”

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