Gove ‘engaged’ with food industry concerns

NIFDA exec director Michael Bell
NIFDA exec director Michael Bell

Environment Secretary Michael Gove is aware of the concerns of Northern Ireland food and drink producers and the issues surrounding Brexit an industry leader has claimed.

Speaking after a meeting with representatives of the Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA), executive director Michael Bell said they had stressed the continued need for the local agri-food industry to access new export markets, and the importance of any trade deal producing a soft border with the Irish Republic.

“Prioritising the interests of the agri-food sector in Northern Ireland during the Brexit negotiations is vital to the future economic success of this region and we were pleased to find that Mr Gove was already very engaged with the concerns of our members,” said Mr Bell.

“As part of our ongoing engagement with Westminster on the Brexit issue, we continued our discussions on the best way to make Brexit a success for Northern Ireland’s most important industry.

“He demonstrated a commitment to recognising their singular importance and the need to consider Northern Ireland’s unique position during this critical time.”