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Minister's China trip will pay dividends for farming sector

29 May, 2015 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Féin agricultural spokesperson Oliver McMullan has welcomed the upcoming trip to China by DARD Minister Michelle O’Neill to open up new markets for farmers and the agri-food sector here.

 Mr McMullan said,

 “If we are to increase our own farming and agri food sectors it is important we search out new markets and ensure countries around the globe see the high standard of our industry here.

 “China is one of the fastest growing markets in the world and I believe the promotion of our pork industry will be one of the main items on the agenda.

 “The trip by the Minister is a follow-up trip to continue the growing relationship between Northern farmers, food producers and China.

 “There are also opportunities to expand our agri food industry including dairy products, which are one of the fastest growing sectors in China.

 “I am sure this visit like the previous ones will deliver for our farmers and agri food sector with an increased number of contracts which will be reflected in greater growth here in the North.”

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