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Northern Ireland pupils urged to have a 'dig' at farming

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From left, Joe McDonald, Asda NI corporate affairs manager, Henry Wilkinson, David Brown UFU deputy president and chairman of Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend, Conor Kiss, Sophie Hamilton and Lexi Armstrong

From left, Joe McDonald, Asda NI corporate affairs manager, Henry Wilkinson, David Brown UFU deputy president and chairman of Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend, Conor Kiss, Sophie Hamilton and Lexi Armstrong

From left, Joe McDonald, Asda NI corporate affairs manager, Henry Wilkinson, David Brown UFU deputy president and chairman of Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend, Conor Kiss, Sophie Hamilton and Lexi Armstrong

Schoolchildren across Northern Ireland are being asked to put their creative skills to the test to "dig in" to why farming matters.

The Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU), in partnership with Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend and Asda, has launched its annual schools' competition.

Open to all nursery, primary and special schools, this year's theme relates to the UFU's food and farming education resource 'Dig in!', which encourages pupils to learn more about food, farming and the countryside.

UFU deputy president David Brown said: "The aim of the schools' competition and 'Dig in!' resource is to get school children thinking about farming and where their food comes from."

Entry forms have been sent to schools. The closing date for entries is Friday, April 3.

Belfast Telegraph