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Sunday, July 3, 2022

McGuigan: ‘Agriculture minister should provide financial package for farmers’

Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has called on the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to intervene to help farmers with a financial package to alleviate the rising costs of feed and fertiliser that they are currently facing.

The North Antrim MLA said: “Farmers and their families are, like everyone else, being impacted with the cost-of-living crisis. The are facing increased costs of food, energy and fuel.

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“On top of this they are facing specific business costs with spiralling increases to the cost of feed and fertilisers. This is having a serious impact on many farmers and their families. This is a problem that looks certain to continue and will be exacerbated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which is a main supplier of these products.”The cost-of-living crisis is having a deep impact on farming.

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“Agriculture minister Edwin Poots needs to intervene and provide support including a financial package to help farmers through this crisis.”

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