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Gildernew visits flooded farm

21 August, 2008

Sinn Féin Agricultural and Rural Development Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA has seen for herself the issues around the crop yields at a farm affected by recent flooding.

During the visit the Minister said:

"Widespread flooding has caused great heartache and disruption to our farmers in recent days, and I want to reassure them that I am doing everything I can to help.

"I have tasked my officials to carry out an assessment of the difficulties facing farmers. I have also met with the Ulster Farmers Union to gain their appreciation of whether the flooding has any long term impact on the industry. I would intend to make my assessment available to my Executive colleagues, so that we can jointly consider the way forward.

"In the meantime, I would encourage farmers whose homes have been flooded to avail of the emergency assistance from the Executive. This is intended to provide immediate practical relief, and to lift some of the worry which this extreme weather event has put on local householders." ENDS

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