Agriculture is pointing the way for the rest of the economy – Mitchell

10th September, 2011

Global Economic Forum a timely reminder of what Ireland has to offer the world.

Fine Gael Presidential candidate, Gay Mitchell MEP has highlighted the key role that the agricultural sector can play in Ireland’s economic recovery. Speaking following his visits to counties, Carlow,  Kildare, Leitrim, Mayo, Meath and Sligo in recent days, Gay Mitchell welcomed the recognition that farmers are now receiving in helping to turn Ireland’s economic fortunes around.

“In Mayo and Sligo, I spoke at length with farmers about the promise and challenges of working in the agricultural sector. What came across to me very strongly was the sense that farmers now see themselves as part of the solution to Ireland’s economic woes. Our agricultural produce is among the finest in the world and is one of the cornerstones of our high performing export sector.

“I visited Meath and Kildare, both of which have been hit hard by the collapse of the property market and the construction sector. These places are also emblematic of the wonderful agricultural produce that can help kick start Ireland’s economic recovery.

“Agriculture is rightly viewed as a star of this economy – and a major creator of jobs. For too long as a country we looked beyond the land as a source of wealth and employment. We forgot what we are good at, and what we do well. I am personally heartened that farming is now getting the recognition it deserves.

“This weekend’s Global Economic Forum provided a timely reminder of what we as a country have to offer in terms of the talents of our people and the high quality products and services we provide to the world.  Ireland’s performance in the food and agriculture sector points the way for the rest of our economy. A big part of my Presidency would be to draw on my significant international experience as a public representative to help open up new markets, and develop existing ones.”