Call for community to support shows

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The newly elected Ulster Unionist Assembly Member Jenny Palmer has called on the entire community to rally behind Lagan Valley’s farming industry by attending any annual agricultural shows in the constituency.

The UUP MLA issued her statement following one of her first major visits to a constituency event as an Assembly member – the Balmoral Show.

Mrs Palmer said: “For the past number of years, our agricultural sector has taken a financial battering from the effects of the BSE crisis, Foot and Mouth Disease, and ever-challenging regulations from the European Parliament.

“These events have placed numerous burdens on our agricultural sector in Lagan Valley with many farmers facing severe financial hardships.

“The community has a golden opportunity to clearly demonstrate to the farming sector that it has the full backing of the Ulster public.

“So I would publicly encourage as many families as possible to give their open support to the farmers by visiting the shows,”