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NORTHERN Bank’s Head of Agriculture John Henning has confirmed that the agri are leading the rest of food sectors the economy out of recession. Speaking at yesterday’s launch of the 2011 Royal Ulster Winter Fair, Mr Henning (pictured) added that output from agricultural production primary to £1.5 billion over the amounted past twelve months with recorded turnover from the food processing sector coming in at a massive during the same period.£3.2 billion was underpinned by He continued: “Dairy a significant farming strengthening accounted for 32% in farmgate returns. output in 2010 and, of gross agri perhaps more “In fact, producer significantly, 54% of the industry’s rose by 5.5 pence per milk prices total gross margin. All of this 2010 and it looks as litre during if they will

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average 27 pence, or thereabouts, for the current calendar year “Like many other agri commentators I firmly dairy farming has a believe that bright here in Northern Ireland. future This will be underpinned by the increasing demand for high quality food in countries around the underlying strength world and the of and Indian economies.the Chinese “Hand in hand with growing recognition this is the that dairy products are a key component of what constitutes a healthy diet. “But there is absolutely no room for complacency. producers must strive Local milk ever more efficient to become and that means having well business plans, while formulated time, making best at the same use of new

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technologies.” The year’s Royal Ulster Winter Fair will take place in the King’s Hall complex on December 8th with Thursday Northern Bank again the sole sponsor of the event. The RUAS has confirmed that a full house of trade will be in attendance, exhibitors including a number of organisations taking part in the Winter first time. Livestock Fair for the shortly. However, a entries close large turnout of cattle, representing four dairy breeds, is expected. A survey carried out wake of the 2010 Winter in the Fair has confirmed the growing popularity of the event with exhibitors from all parts of the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Man dies after attack
A MAN has died after being pulled out of his vehicle and beaten in the centre of Dungannon at lunch-time yesterday. The 38-year-old was in a green vehicle in the Castle Hill area of the town when he was attacked at around 1pm. A 35-year-old male and a 29-year-old female have been arrested on suspicion of murder. DUP MLA Lord Maurice Morrow slammed the attack. Turn to page 12

THE sister of murdered IRA victim Mary Travers last night expressed concern that new rules on appointing Stormont advisers will not automatically bar killers from being appointed. Ann Travers said that she was disappointed with the review into how ministers appoint their publiclyfunded aides. She fears that Sinn Fein special adviser Mary McArdle – convicted of murdering Mary Travers in 1984 – could have been appointed to her post even if the new guidelines had

been in place. However, finance minister Sammy Wilson said that Ms McArdle would not have made it through the new processes which he has introduced for appointing special advisers. The new rules have only now come to light after the review findings were placed in the library of the assembly following a written question from TUV leader Jim Allister. The document reveals that while potential advisers will have to undergo security vetting, a conviction will not automatically disbar them from becoming an adviser. Turn to page 8

Crash victim ‘bright pupil’
A NEWTOWNARDS teenager killed in a road accident was described yesterday as a “bright pupil”. Ben Reid, 17, was killed after being struck by a car on the Comber Road dual carriageway outside the town during the early hours of yesterday morning. Regent House headmaster Dr Trevor McCavery said news of Ben’s death had “deeply shocked and saddened” the whole school community. Ben’s fellow students have been offered counselling. See page 4

Trainee combat medic Sara Elliott displays her military honour after being named one of the army’s champion recruits. Pte Elliott, 19, from Coleraine, was singled out for the award after completing 14 weeks of training in Pirbright, Surrey. She emerged as the top soldier in the latest intake of young women. See page 10
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