Sinn Féin MEP has welcomed the announcement that a major international farming conference will be held in the North later this year.
“The announcement that the North American – European Union Agriculture Policy Congress 2015 will be held in the North in October is welcome.
“This prestigious conference is one of the largest of its kind in the world and brings together farmers, policy makers and leading figures in the agricultural industry from across the European Union and North America.
“They will discuss a range of issues such as sustainability, new markets and innovations in the industry.
“The fact that it is being held in the North is a recognition of the high regard the Irish agricultural sector is held internationally.
“It will also provide an opportunity for the agricultural sector in the North to showcase its world-class produce to an international audience, with the potential of opening up new markets.
“There are major issues facing the farming community at an international level, not least the International State Dispute Mechanism (IDSM) of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This event will allow representatives of the local farming and agricultural committee to voice their opposition to this proposed legislation.” Ends/Críoch