Kennedy concerned at crisis facing local apple growers

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Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kennedy has expressed his concern at the crisis facing local apple growers following fears that up to half the local crop could be lost this year due to the impact of unseasonal weather. Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry & Armagh MLA said: “County Armagh has long been known as the Orchard County and famed for its apples, so the news that this year’s crop could be reduced to a half of what would normally be expected is of great concern. “This is an industry which employs up to 1,500 people and generates £50 million a year for the local economy and it is therefore vital to the local economy of County Armagh but also to Northern Ireland plc.” He added, “As a local MLA I shall be raising this matter with the Agriculture Minister and asking her what assistance she can provide for local apple growers because this is an industry which needs all the help it can get to see it through this difficult time.”
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