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O’Neill promises warm welcome for visitors to DARD stand at National Ploughing Championships

17 September, 2012 - by Michelle O'Neill

Enterprising rural businesses from the north will be a key feature of the DARD exhibition at the National Ploughing Championships in New Ross, County Wexford.

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Michelle O’Neill has extended an invitation across the agricultural sector for all to visit the DARD exhibition at the Championships which this year takes place from Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 September.

A dedicated pavilion will showcase small rural businesses and organisations supported by DARD with the aim of helping them to develop new market opportunities. The exhibitors will be promoting a range of goods and services, light engineering as well as research and development.

The Minister said: “The National Ploughing Championships are always at the peak of the Irish farming calendar and present agricultural and rural businesses with a unique opportunity to put their wares on show to a very large audience.

“In the current economic climate, everyone is after that extra edge in the marketplace. The National Ploughing Championships is a unique event which has the potential to help improve diversifying farmers’ and rural business prospects. This year my Department will be facilitating a number of local rural enterprises who will showcase the north’s food and drink industry, light engineering and rural tourism as well as environmental products for equine and farming sectors.”

The Minister added: “I am always very keen to promote our products and hope our stand at this national event will help secure new opportunities for the rural business participants which I know has been the case in the six years my Department has staged an exhibit at the event. A warm welcome on the DARD stand will be awaiting anyone attending the ploughing championships.”

One of the largest outdoor exhibitions and agricultural trade shows in Europe, the National Ploughing Championships attracts upwards of 1,000 exhibitors and crowds in excess of 180,000. This spectacular event incorporates all sectors of agriculture and rural Living from the latest development in agric-machinery to education, business, craft, food, health, lifestyles, home and garden, sports and leisure as well as tourism and fashion.

Discussing local competitors’ prospects in the championships, the Minister said: “I wish all our local ploughmen the best of luck at this year’s event in Wexford. I am confident that they can perform well in this prestigious competition.”

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