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Minister should listen to concerns of farming communities - Dillon

27 October, 2016 - by Linda Dillon

Sinn Féin MLA Linda Dillon raised concerns about future support for Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) at the Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs Committee meeting today. 

The party’s spokesperson on agriculture said: 

 "The committee agreed to have the Ulster Farmers Union and the Agricultural Producers Association make a presentation on the future of support for ANC.  

“This is an extremely important issue and we must ensure support for ANCs is secured. 

“In his response to my question the Chief Executive of the Livestock and Meat Commission supported this view.

“He stated that given the essential role of ANCs to the beef and lamb production that we could not afford to see any developments that would pose a threat to the production of raw material. 

“I would call on the Minister to take note and give a listening ear to the stakeholders who are supporting the continuation of ANC support.”

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