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Research and innovation play vital role in supporting farming and agri-food sectors - Archibald

8 June, 2018 - by Caoimhe Archibald

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said research and innovation play a vitally important role in supporting the farming and agri-food sectors.

Speaking after attending the Annual AFBI Stakeholders Open Meeting, the East Derry MLA said:

“The Annual AFBI Stakeholders Open Meeting, which took place in Hillsborough, provides an insight into some of the important work which goes on to support our farming and agri-food industry.  

"Our produce is world renowned and research and innovation underpins the development of the sectors.

"It is vital there is continued investment in, and support to develop the necessary skills for, research and innovation to ensure we have an environmentally sustainable, efficient and competitive farming and agri-food industry.

"Brexit has brought a great deal of uncertainty and it is vitally important there is continued supports to farmers, access to funding and collaboration for research and innovation; the best way to ensure this is to secure designated special status for the north within the EU.” 

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