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Pig farmers must get fair deal - McMullan

20 September, 2012 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesperson Oliver McMullan has said that pig farmers across the North must get a fair deal.

 Mr McMullan said,

"Recently a delegation led by the U.F.U.(Ulster Farmers Union) and including farmers, producers and members of the Assembly Agricultural Committee met with the management of the Dunbia food processing factory in Dungannon and afterwards met with the management of the Vion processing factory in Cookstown to discuss the current plight of pig farmers.

 “At both meetings the pig producers made an excellent presentation. The cost of feed here is spiraled out of all reasoning but in England although the cost of the same feed is far cheaper pig farmers are getting £8 per pig more.

“This situation can not go on, Sinn Féin’s MEP Martina Anderson has already raised the plight of local pig farmers in Europe.

“The entire pig farming industry in the North is experiencing difficulties due to the increasing cost of feed and the costs of complying with welfare regulations yet they are not getting a fair price for their produce.

“As a result of the meeting the Agricultural Committee at the Assembly have now tabled a motion on the pig industry for the Assembly to debate. MLAs must now be united in support for the farming industry and weigh in behind the pig farmers to make sure they get a fair deal.”

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