Minister meets with NI forum

The Horticulture Forum for Northern Ireland has met with agriculture minister Michelle Gildernew, to discuss economic pressures facing horticultural sectors, the impact of environmental legislation, training and development needs and research and development requirements.

The forum, founded in 2005, is an umbrella organisation made up of representatives from all the main edibles and amenity horticulture sectors and as such provides a means of communication between all the horticultural sectors on collective horticultural issues.

Members are: Growers NI, the Association of Landscape Contractors, UFU Vegetable Committee, NI Fruit Growers' Association, Fruit Industry Federation, UFU, Lantra and the HTA as well as representatives from the mushroom sector.

The Department of Agriculture & Rural Development provides secretarial support.

Chairman is Robin McKee is chairman of the forum, which meets four times a year.

Michele Shirlow, Food Promotion NI, will address the next meeting to update members on the Good Food is in our Nature Campaign.

Call Elaine Chapman on 028 9052 4236 or for details.

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