It’s vital to continue food producers support: Poots

POOTS BALLYLISK RI Farm
PROCESS: Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots pictured with Ballylisk Dairies employee Sam Boyd. The Minister heard how the artisan cheese company adapted to help their business continue through the current Covid-19 crisis.

IT is vital that we continue to support our local food producers who have adapted their businesses as they continue to provide for us all, DAERA Minister Edwin Poots has said.

Mr Poots was speaking as he visited Ballylisk Cheese in County Armagh, where he met with Dean Wright to discuss how the company has continued to trade in these challenging times whilst also applying social distancing measures.

VISIT: Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots visited Ballylisk Dairies, Co.Armagh to hear how the artisan cheese company adapted to help their business continue through the current Covid-19 crisis. The Minister is pictured with owner of Ballylisk Dairies, Dean Wright.

He said: “From the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic our agri-food sector faced many challenges in continuing to feed us all. Businesses had to quickly adapt to new ways of working to meet the high demand.

“Today at Ballylisk Cheese I have had the opportunity to see how Dean has managed to continue to trade and produce high quality cheese from his dairy herd, by employing new methods to ensure a continuation of cash flow for the business and getting their product to customers whilst adhering to social distancing measures. Ballylisk represents the many smaller, local food producers across Northern Ireland who have risen to the challenge and kept food on our tables.

“It is therefore vital that after this crisis is over we continue to support our local agri-food business. They were there, and continue to be there, for us during the height of the pandemic and it is only right that we, as consumers, are there for them as we begin to relax some measures in the move to a new normal. Think local, buy local and support local.”

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