Members of the Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association welcomed David Caffall, Chief Executive of Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) to their recent meeting and lunch.

Owen Brennan, left, Vice President and Claudine Heron, President, NIGTA welcome David Caffall, AIC to the NIGTA meeting.
Owen Brennan, left, Vice President and Claudine Heron, President, NIGTA welcome David Caffall, AIC to the NIGTA meeting.

AIC is NIGTA’s affiliated organisation in GB and assists with lobbying and technical advice, in addition to providing quality assurance schemes. In total the 260 members supply £7 billion of the £9 billion inputs to British agriculture.

Welcoming David Caffall to the meeting, Claudine Heron, NIGTA President said “ When you consider all aspects of the agri supply chain, it is far too many voices to provide a coherent lobbying and negotiating voice. In addition, individually none of us have the resources to supply the technical advice and provide the quality assurance schemes which are recognised throughout Europe. AIC provides these services and our role is to ensure that they take account of local circumstances. Through our networking within the industry we also provide lobbying information relevant to Northern Ireland which ensures that our viewpoint is included in AIC’s negotiations at Westminster and Brussels. These messages are further emphasised by our local lobbying.”

She added “ Many of the aspects we are negotiating at the moment are not confined to the feed trade but are matters which affect the farmer, out customer, and indeed the entire agri food chain. The agri food industry in Northern Ireland has demonstrated its success and growth in spite of the recession and its ability to contribute substantially to the economy. NIGTA wants to play its part in ensuring sustainability and continuity of that progress. We thank AIC for the support it gives to enable us to progress that aim “