Agri-food Sector: Investment

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Economy – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:00 pm on 29 April 2024.

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Photo of Conor Murphy Conor Murphy Sinn Féin 3:00, 29 April 2024

I recognise the importance of the agri-food processing sector to our economy and the contribution that it will make to delivering my economic strategy. My Department, through Invest NI, provides a wide range of support to the sector in areas including innovation, skills, sustainability and export development. However, the sector faces challenges including a productivity gap compared with firms in the South and in Britain. I am supportive of activities that will help to address that challenge and will consider any proposals that are presented to me in relation to support for the agri-food and drink-processing sector.