Musrgrave Retail Partners (MRPNI) and its independent retailers – SuperValu, Centra and Mace – have teamed up with the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) to educate thousands of children across Northern Ireland on local farming.
The initiative, which will take the form of a competition, is now available to all nursery, primary and special schools, inviting pupils to create pieces of visual art as a class, with the chance to win fantastic prizes for their school.
The category for Nursery, P1-2 and P3-4 is ‘Seasons of Farming’ and for P5-7, ‘Farm Safety’. Creative and technical skills will be tested as pupils can create a picture or poster, a collage, or a sculpture using any materials possible such as sheep’s wool before the March 20th deadline.
MRPNI acting managing director, Damian McCarney, said: “Musgrave Retail Partners is delighted to team up with the Ulster Farmers Union on this innovative and worthwhile initiative that will engage young people in one of the biggest and fastest growing industries in Northern Ireland.
“We have strong relationships with our local suppliers and understand first-hand the importance of the agri-food industry to the Northern Ireland economy. Musgrave firmly believes in using local suppliers and is proud to support an initiative that encourages young people to learn more about the sector.”
UFU deputy president, Barclay Bell, said: “Musgrave’s support for our schools competition is invaluable in helping to ensure we raise young people’s awareness of local produce and farming. Through initiatives such as this, the message we’re trying to pass onto the younger generation is that farming matters to everyone.
“Without agriculture, there would be no food production. Almost all the food we consume is either produced on, or made out of farm produce. It’s a huge part of Northern Ireland’s economy, with over 24,000 farms which provide employment for around 50,000 people.”
For further information and to enter the competition, schools should contact David McConaghy at the Ulster Farmers’ Union on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The winning class in each category will receive £200 and the runners-up will receive £100 each.
The winners will also have the opportunity to receive a visit from Mash Direct in June.