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McMullan calls for fair deal for pig farmers

11 February, 2015 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has met with representatives of the pig farming industry to discuss concerns over pricing in the sector. 

The East Antrim MLA said; 

"There is growing concern among pig farmers and pork producers in the North about the difference in prices here compared to Britain. 

"I met with representatives of the industry to discuss these concerns when the Ulster Farmers' Union briefed the Assembly's agriculture committee on Tuesday. 

"I share the concerns of the pig farmers. They are receiving considerably less money for their pigs than their counterparts in Britain. 

"Following the meeting, I spoke to my party colleague, agriculture minister Michelle O'Neill, about what can be done to support our local pig farmers. 

"The minister is working hard to identify and open up new markets for the North's pig farmers such as Russia, the United States, Australia and China. She has already travelled to China twice and is willing to do so again to help the pork industry. 

"We will also be raising the concerns of pig farmers with EU agricultural commissioner Phil Hogan when we meet him next month.  

"We will also be exploring options from the Farm Business Improvement Scheme to address the concerns of the pork industry.

"Sinn Féin is committed to ensuring that our pig farmers get a fair deal and can compete in international markets." 

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