Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O'Neill said today that potato growers play a key role contributing to the success of the agri-food sector in the north.
The Minister was speaking after visiting Glens of Antrim Potatoes in Cushendall to view the company's potato packing facilities and see harvesting of maincrop potatoes.
Glens of Antrim are supplied with a wide range of potato varieties by their growers for packing and distribution to major retail outlets across the island of Ireland.
The Minister said: "The total farm gate value for the local potato industry in 2010 was approximately £22.8million with some 187,000t of potatoes produced. These figures illustrate how important the potato sector is to the local economy and it is good to see Glens of Antrim contributing to the sector's success."
"In recent years, my Department has provided Glens of Antrim over £600,000 to invest in developing its facilities through the EU Processing and Marketing Grant. The funding support provided under this grant scheme is designed to help companies, such as Glens of Antrim, to continue the growth and development of our agri-food sector and improve the economic performance of a sector that has shown strong resilience during the recent economic downturn."
Source: Northern Ireland Executive. 06.12.11. View Original Source.