Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has met with members of the north’s Grain Trade Association (NIGTA) led by their current President Claudine Herron.

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill with NIGTA Members.
Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill with NIGTA Members.

NIGTA represents traders, manufacturers, processors, distributors, brokers and service providers who are involved in the north’s agricultural supply trade.

Speaking after the meeting, the Minister said: “NIGTA has a valuable contribution to make to the feed processing sector and as a result, to the wider agri-food industry. This has been a useful opportunity for me to discuss a range of issues and to listen to their views on the local animal feeds industry and wider agricultural sector.”

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill with NIGTA Members.

NIGTA played a key role in developing the Industry Food Assurance Group report which proposed a ‘Fortress Ireland’ approach to minimise the risk of contaminated feed entering the feed/food chain on the island.

Minister O’Neill said: “I welcome NIGTA’s participation and support in the vision for ‘Fortress Ireland’ as an answer to supply chain security. I know there has been a strong partnership approach to this vision. I want to encourage businesses across the feed and food supply chains to fully engage in this initiative. This is essential to the production of safe food and the competiveness of our agri-food industry.”

The Minister also acknowledged the important and valuable contribution all the attendees are making to the agricultural industry.