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MEP Anderson attends Open Farm Weekend

25 June, 2012

Sinn Féin MEP, Martina Anderson accompanied Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill attending the first ever Open Farm Weekend.

Commenting on the experience Ms Anderson said:

“”I was pleasantly surprised at the numbers of people, many of whom come from non-farming families who attended this inaugural event. Farms across the North were open to the public who were able to witness the behind the scenes workings behind Agri-food production.

“It was a great opportunity for me to interact with members of the farming community and listen and learn of their issues. The Agri-food sector is the fastest growing sector of our economy and it is my intention to ensure that it has the strongest representation possible in Europe.

“I look forward to working with the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) who organised this event and are to be congratulated on this very successful initiative.I believe the information and experience gained by those who took advantage of the opportunity will give a better understanding and appreciation of the hard work that goes into providing the high standard of food produced locally.

“I have no doubt that once the wider farming community become aware of the tremendous success of this year’s event that many more will participate in future."

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