AS part of the 2013 Annual Farmhouse Breakfast week, the agri-food industry sat down to breakfast together to support the HGCA’s Farmhouse Breakfast Week which takes place on the 20th – 26th January 2013. Guests were treated to a sumptuous breakfast made from Northern Ireland home grown produce and received a special address by Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill. Other speakers included Agri-Food Strategy Board Chairman, Tony O’Neill; Martin Grantley-Smith, HGCA’s Head of Business Development; and Howard Hastings of Hastings Hotels.
UFU President Harry Sinclair said; “Events such as the Annual Farmhouse Breakfast week, provide us with the opportunity to remind ourselves of the importance of this industry and to celebrate the contributions of Northern Ireland’s producers. Worryingly, however, local producers are facing rapidly rising production costs, which are posing a very real threat to the industry. With food security at the forefront of many people’s minds, and Northern Ireland well placed strategically to be a global leader in food production, it is vital that we ensure we have a sustainable and profitable food chain which rewards producer, processor, and retailer alike.”
The Farmhouse Breakfast received very positive messages from each of the speakers.
Minister O’Neill commented on the importance of the agriculture sector and said that agri-food will be on the agenda at every Executive Meeting. Howard Hastings emphasised the importance of local produce and spoke of his commitment to supporting local farmers.
Lastly, Martin Grantley-Smith emphasised the importance and advantages of eating a good healthy breakfast.