Talks and show keep NW Derry members busy

Group Manger Brian Prue with the Mighty Spud
Group Manger Brian Prue with the Mighty Spud

NW Derry UFU Group has had a busy few weeks.

On July 4 deputy president Ivor Ferguson and Patricia Irwin, UFU Policy Officer, met with some of the group’s potato growers to discuss and listen to any issues that they had.

Ivor and Patricia told the growers about the Mighty Spud campaign. It involves potato farmers, packers and processors who are dedicated to highlighting the healthiness, versatility and value of potatoes.

As a result of this it was agreed to bring the Mighty Spud to the County Londonderry Agricultural Show, to increase awareness of the campaign.

That evening the group committee met to discuss the upcoming winter programme. It was decided that a change in the style of programme was needed so that it would appeal to existing and new members; further details will follow in due course.

On Saturday, July 30, the NW Derry UFU Group staff welcomed their members to the UFU stand at the County Londonderry Agricultural Show. It was a very busy and successful day.

Staff supplied much welcomed refreshments and enjoyed the opportunity to socialise with all the customers. UFU deputy president Victor Chesnutt was present to meet and discuss current issues. The group also got a chance to meet with the newly appointed DAERA minister, Michelle McIlveen.

On the evening after the County Londonderry Agricultural Show it was the group’s turn to host a charity barbecue. This event was in place of the County Dinner Dance and was held in the main marquee at the Limavady Showgrounds.

Members were entertained by the fantastic The Big Kahuna and all funds raised from the barbecue will be donated to Parkinson’s UK. Almost 300 people attended this event. NW Derry UFU group would like to thank everyone for their support and hope they all had a great evening.