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Minister Coughlan announces details of Group to assist pig producers in Donegal

The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan T.D., said that following a meeting with pig industry representatives in County Donegal, she had agreed with Teagasc to set up a working group within the County under the Chairmanship of Mr Pat Molloy, Teagasc Manager in Donegal, which would assist pig producers in meeting the requirements of the Nitrates Directive. The group would be made up of Teagasc, Department of Agriculture and Food, Agricultural Consultants and representatives of the farming sector, especially pig producers and arable farmers.

Minister Coughlan said, while the number of pig producers in the County was small the sector was important economically to the County. She added that other farmers within the County such as cereal and potato producers would have an important complementary role to play in assisting in the utilisation of valuable nutrients from pig farms. The Minister said that co-operation between farmers would be critical in protecting the future of pig production in the County.

Minister Coughlan said she hoped that a similar type approach could be adopted in other Counties in assisting pig and poultry sectors in meeting the challenges of the Nitrates Directive.

16 January, 2006

Date Released: 16 January 2006