29 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The potential for progressive expansion opportunities in the poultry sector taking account of sustainability imperatives and changing trends in consumer consumption patterns was outlined to a largely attended seminar convened by Co Monaghan IFA in the Four Seasons Hotel on Tuesday evening last.

The seminar was addressed by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys TD, who encouraged Co Monaghan producers to explore the opportunities for funding assistance presented by the TAMS scheme.

Minister Humphreys said the outlook for the sector was highly positive for the remainder of 2015 and into next year, and there had been a 5% increase in the number of poultry slaughtered this year compared to 2014.

The Minister praised the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme which, she said, helped to provide the necessary competitive edge needed by Irish poultry products in the modern marketplace by ensuring quality standards were met and maintained.

The Minister also spoke of the importance of establishing training courses geared to the specific needs of Monaghan poultry producers, stating that she had spoken to the farm advisory service Teagasc and the Cavan Monaghan Education and Training Board about the development of such programmes, which she felt would find an ideal locale in Ballyhaise College.

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