It was great to meet with the IFA locally and nationally today Tuesday 29th September in advance of Budget 2016.
Agriculture, and the wider agri-food sector is a major part of the Meath West economy, but it is often undersold, and under highlighted.
Thousands of jobs in Meath West are supported both on family farms, and in the wider food and drink processing sector. The value of agri-related exports arising from product in Meath is almost €0.5 Billion. In Co. Westmeath the value of agri-related exports arising from product in that County is almost €250 million.
This must be supported and encouraged into the future to promote even more local jobs and growth.