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Local Agricultural Produce

Part of Agriculture and Rural Development – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 am on 12th November 2007.

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Photo of John McCallister John McCallister UUP 3:15 am, 12th November 2007

I thank the Minister for her brief answer. I note that there were some heckles from the vegetarian in the DUP — I do not want to name him, but we all know him as Mr Wells. [Laughter.]

Will the Minister clarify that all food products sourced and used by DARD are produced in Northern Ireland? I mean those products that can be produced here — I know that the pineapple season in Fermanagh and South Tyrone was hit by the wet summer. [Laughter.] Will the Minister assure the House that all products purchased by DARD are — as far possible — produced locally? She will remember that that was one of the Ulster Farmers’ Union’s five recommendations, and we do not want another one to slip off the list.