Pig Industry

Part of the debate – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:15 pm on 5th October 1998.

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Photo of William McCrea William McCrea DUP 4:15 pm, 5th October 1998

No one can overstate the tragedy that is facing Northern Ireland’s pig farmers. If this matter is not dealt with, where is the pig industry going? Will we have a pig industry after this crisis? I have no problem with the suggestion that we should have a wider debate on agriculture — I know that there are problems in the lamb and sheep sectors of the industry as well, such as BSE and other related matters. But if we wait to consider and debate the full range of problems in the farming industry, there will be no pig farmers in the Province at all — they will all have gone bankrupt. We cannot allow this to be lost in a general debate on agriculture; the present crisis must be dealt with urgently.