Belfast Telegraph

Stormont backs agri-food initiative to tune of £38m

By Staff Reporter

More than 1,300 projects have received a total of £38m as part of the government's Going for Growth agri-food initiative in the last three years, it has been claimed.

Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen and Economy Minister Simon Hamilton met the chair and members of the Agri-Food Strategy Board (AFSB) for an update on the plan.

Ms McIlveen said: "Agri-food is one of our most important economic drivers here in Northern Ireland, and will continue to be so.

"It is important that we in Government work together with industry to ensure that the sector is well positioned to achieve - and indeed exceed - the ambitions set out in Going for Growth.

"That is why Simon Hamilton and I were very keen to meet with the AFSB and discuss progress to date, both from a government and industry perspective."

Meanwhile, Simon Hamilton said: "Over 1,300 financial and advisory projects have been delivered during the period, offering £38m assistance and levering £442m of total planned investment.

"The total investment of £442m is good progress towards the target of £1bn by 2020, set out in the Going for Growth Strategic Action plan."

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