Northern Irish Ag Minister visits Moy Park Dungannon

02-09-2011 | |
Northern Irish Ag Minister visits Moy Park Dungannon

Moy Park welcomed Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill MLA to the Moy Park processing facility in Dungannon and one of its farms in Armagh to discuss pertinent issues for the local poultry industry.

“We are delighted to welcome Agriculture Minister, Michelle O’Neill to Moy Park” said Nigel Dunlop, Moy Park Managing Director. “The Minister has given her time to visit one of our farms at Battleford Road in Armagh and our factory in Dungannon. Moy Park is proud to be Northern Ireland’s largest food processor, employing over 10,500 staff across our 13 production sites in Northern Ireland, England, France and Holland.

“Farming is at the heart of our business and we place the utmost importance on maintaining and developing our high agriculture credentials. We are among the leaders in welfare standards in the poultry industry, and sustainability – from farm, to factory, to fork – continues to be a key priority for Moy Park.”

Commenting in the visit O’Neill said “Our poultry industry is an excellent model of a fully integrated operation, providing much needed employment in rural communities throughout the north of Ireland. I am impressed by the investment and commitment by Moy Park, sustaining jobs in the processing plant and on hundreds of farms as well as in many ancillary businesses. As the largest poultry producing company in the north of Ireland, Moy Park and its farmer producers play an extremely important role during these difficult economic times.”

The Minister also visited one of Moy Park’s poultry farms in Armagh. “The success of this company owes much to the close relationship with local farmers. They have risen to the challenge to produce top quality birds to the exacting specification demanded by their customers. My Department has a long history of working closely with the poultry industry and we will continue our support through a range of measures.”

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