By Dan Walsh
Slaney Foods in Clohamon, Bunclody, is to receive €1,988,519 in funding for agri-food projects to help producers identify new markets and expand their offerings following Britain’s exit from the EU.
Wexford Fine Gael Deputy Paul Kehoe told WexfordLocal.com ; “This funding announced by An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, will allow Slaney Foods to tap into new markets and attract more customers after a very challenging period due to Brexit.
“This is a huge investment in the agri-food industry and represents Fine Gael’s commitment to securing the economic future of rural Ireland.
Deputy Kehoe added; “The agriculture sector is the lifeblood of many communities across Wexford. Nationally, we produce enough food to feed nine times our population and the sector employs almost 165,000 people across the country.
“This investment is about gaining access to new markets in Asia and North America in particular, with a specific focus on moving up the value chain by increasing sales of higher value-add products.”
Twenty-two projects in the dairy and meat sectors across the country are to receive funding from the Government’s €70 million Capital Investment Scheme for the Processing and Marketing of Agricultural Products.