“Agriculture- important to the economy”

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A strong and vibrant farming sector in Donegal will play a huge role in helping the county’s economic recovery according to Fianna Fáil’s Donegal North East candidate Charlie McConalogue who said the farming industry must be fully supported.

Councillor McConalogue (pictured left at Carn mart earlier this week) who is a suckler farmer, made his comments on Monday after he’d met with farmers at the mart in Carndonagh and reassured them of Fianna Fáil’s pledge to develop the agri-food sector in the country.

“Coming from a farming background I am well aware of the issues and difficulties that farmers face, but I also know how important agriculture is to the economy and I want to reassure farmers here that Fianna Fáil remain committed to the agri-food sector.”

The Donegal North-East candidate says he believes the farming industry will be a key driver in the economic growth of the region and said it is vital that it retains the support necessary to help it grow further.

“Agriculture has been Ireland’s big success story over the past year. For instance in the first half of last year over 4,000 new agri-related jobs were created – and there is the potential for more.

The potential for growing the industry further was a key issue in the discussion between Colr McConalogue and the IFA president, John Bryan when they met on Wednesday during the IFA president’s visit to Inishowen.

“I am pleased that farming has been identified as a key driver of the economy in the Fianna Fail manifesto and I discussed the potential for job creation and growing the industry through exports during my meeting with John Bryan and some local farmers”.

According to the local councillor the importance of agriculture to economic growth cannot be under-estimated, particularly in Donegal North East. He said the variation in farming types in Donegal North East alone demonstrates the adaptability and determination of local farmers. “The farmers in Donegal North East can be assured of my strong support for the industry and I pledge to work on their behalf to ensure that local farming issues have a voice in Dublin at national level”.