Minister Poots meets with farmers and stakeholders in north Antrim

Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots MLA is pictured on Garry Bog, Ballymoney with UFU Chief Executive Wesley Aston and NIEA representatives Áine O’Reilly and Keith Finegan. Photo by DAERA Press Office

Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots spent the day in north Antrim meeting farmers and stakeholders to discuss a number of current issues.

The Minister was accompanied by new UFU President Victor Chestnutt, AERA Committee Chairperson Declan McAleer MLA, AERA Vice-Chair Philip McGuigan MLA, and Mervyn Storey MLA.

Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots MLA is pictured on Garry Bog, Ballymoney, with others including UFU President Victor Chestnutt, UFU Chief Executive Wesley Aston and David Brown, UFU Deputy President. Photo by DAERA Press Office

 

The first visit of the day was to Garry Bog near Ballybogy, Ballymoney, and discussed potential benefits of hydrology in aiding restoration.

Minister Poots then travelled to the dairy farm of Cathal and Conor Casey in Cloughmills to see the investment they have made in state-of-the-art calf-rearing facilities and robotic milking.

Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots is pictured at the Cloughmills dairy farm of Cathal and Conor Casey alongside UFU President Victor Chestnutt, AERA Committee Chair, Declan McAleer MLA, AERA Committee Vice-Chair Philip McGuigan MLA, Mervyn Storey MLA and other stakeholders. Photo by DAERA Press Office

 

Minister Poots attended a UFU office bearers meeting in Ballycastle before visiting beef and sheep farmer Brian Jamieson’s farm in Ballintoy later in the afternoon.

Speaking after his visit, Minister Poots said: “I was pleased to accept an invitation from the UFU to meet with farmers and stakeholders in the north of Antrim to discuss a number of current issues, including Covid-19 recovery, future agri-policy and the wider needs of the industry and how DAERA and the farming community can continue to work in partnership to ensure the industry is sustainable in the long term.

“We also had the opportunity to visit Garry Bog and discussed how improving bog hydrology can help with the resilience of these sites to nitrogen impacts.

“Since my first day in office, I have supported and championed the agriculture sector and will continue to do so.”

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