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de Brún stresses importance of agri-food sector at Ploughing Championships

21 September, 2011 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Speaking from the National Ploughing Championship in Co Kildare today, Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has stressed the important role the agri-food sector can play as a key driver for economic growth across the island.
The MEP said, "In the current difficult economic climate that we all face, the Agri-Food industry remains one of the success stories and continues to make a major contribution to our economy, not only by its resilience but also by its increasing productivity. We must all work closely together to harness the growth in the supply chain and help the agri-food sector deliver its full economic potential.”
She also commented, “In recent years, working with an all-Ireland approach, we have been able to greatly improve animal health, and my colleague Michelle O'Neill is working hard  to keep bluetongue out of the local industry and reduce Brucellosis (BR) and TB in our herds".
She concluded "I also want to stress my commitment to getting the best possible outcome from the discussions about the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.  That will include making sure Ireland North and South gets our fair share of EU funding from Single Farm Payments and the Rural Development Programme.."  

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