11 May 2011

Agri-food sector crucial to the local economy

The Northern Ireland Assembly and Business Trust (NIABT) breakfast at the Balmoral Show was a hive of activity today with newly elected MLAs and local businesses such as Tayto, Mash Direct and Dunbia getting together to discuss common ground.

First Minister Peter Robinson MLA and Patsy McGlone MLA spoke to an audience of over 120 business people on the importance of the agri-food industry to the Northern Ireland economy, and how sharing information between businesses and MLAs can lead to new and exciting economic opportunities.

NIABT Business Member and Managing Director of O’Kane Poultry, Tony O’Neill, spoke of the difficulties faced by small agricultural based industries in the current economic climate. He told the audience that now was the time to work closely with the Assembly and with the NIABT in particular, to find practical solutions and to promote the local economy internationally.

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Director General NIA Trevor Reaney, Patsy McGlone MLA, Tony O'Neill O'Kane Poultry and First Minister Peter Robinson MLA Paula Godfree and Tina Symington from Elisabeth Svendson Trust with Louise Sally Patient and Client Council

Cecil Morton Glanbia Cheese with Sam Allen Droghed Dairy FarmFirst Minister Peter Robinson with Trevor Reaney Director General NIA and William Wright Wright Group