THE UFU are calling on local farmers and food businesses to get behind Open Farm Weekend, which will take place on the 15th -16th June 2013. We are asking farms to open their gates to let the public explore the story behind local food and its link to nature. We are hoping to build on the success of the 2012 event which saw over 5,000 people visiting participating farms.
Barclay Bell, Deputy President of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) said: “The whole aim of this family weekend is to highlight what happens behind the scenes at local farms and the important role they play in the food supply chain. Open Farm Weekend will give farmers a chance to tell their individual story as well as building relationships with people in their area and developing a sense of pride among employees.”
The announcement this week that the agri-food sector is now worth over £4billion pounds to the local economy confirms the strength of the industry.