‘Joined up approach needed for oyster farmers’ – Rogers

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013
South Down SDLP MLA Seán Rogers has called on the Southern Government to assist in the Oyster disaster. Rogers told Newry Times, “Following the initial reports of the loss of Oysters on the Northern shores of Carlingford Lough to the OsHV virus further farmers have come forward and reported similar losses. “This is devastating for the whole industry. I have already made contact with Stormont’s Agriculture Minister calling for assistance and also a face to face meeting with these farmers with a view to developing a plan for these farmers with a way forward. Rogers added, “I have also approached the Southern Government’s Minister with responsibility for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – Simon Coveney TD calling on him to assist and work out a North/South strategy for dealing with this, as this has affected farmers on both sides of the border.”
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