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O’Neill meets with Union Policy Chairpersons

5 October, 2011 - by Michelle O'Neill

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill yesterday met with all 17 chairs of the Ulster Farmers Union (UFU) policy groups.

These groups represent the views of the local members engaged in the specific sectors such as beef and lamb, hill farming, milk and animal health.

Speaking after the meeting, which was held at UFU Headquarters on the Antrim Road, Belfast, the Minister said: "Although my department meets regularly with UFU officials on matters of key significance, it is important that local issues receive attention as well as strategic issues.

“This meeting was a unique opportunity to discuss a broad range of items with the Union’s own policy groups. The meeting allowed the UFU’s own teams to raise specific matters of importance to their sector with me directly and explore suggestions for solutions or improvements.”

The Minister also had a short tour of UFU headquarters and was introduced to representatives of the Young Farmers Club of Ulster (YFCU).

The Minister added: “This was also my first official meeting with YFCU representatives and I was keen to hear about the huge range of activities they promote among their membership, drawn from both rural and urban environments. I think young people agreeing their agenda and organising and taking control of their affairs sends a very positive example to us all.”

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