Today Ian Paisley MP accompanied by Mervyn Story MLA met with the new CEO of Moy Park Janet McCollum at the Portadown HQ.
The MP said, “Poultry production is incredibly important to the Northern Ireland agriculture base and North Antrim farmers make a magnificent contribution to the industry. One of Moy Parks four UK bases is in Ballymena and it is important for me as the Member of Parliament and Agriculture spokesman in Westminster to ensure that this key plant continues to play a leading role in the industry.
“Indeed over the next few weeks as we move towards the Christmas fresh turkey production, Ballymena will play a key part in UK production delivering the best fresh turkey to consumers.
I want to see this industry flourish. I want to ensure that local farms that need to expand production houses are facilitated with quick and progressive planning approvals and that opportunities to increase business come to all of North Antrim. It is essential that environmental waste issues and the cost of energy is further addressed and solutions found. Much of that falls to others but the impact on the industry is extensive.
” I will be working with the industry to ensure its continued success as a flagship producer in Northern Ireland”