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It's Balmoral Show time and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots is looking forward to this year’s Show, which will showcase the very best of Northern Ireland’s agri-food and rural sectors.

The show is taking place from 22 - 25 September at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Lisburn and DAERA has a number of exhibits at the event highlighting the work of the Department including the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Forest Service, Green Growth, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and also an exhibit to commemorate Northern Ireland’s centenary year.

DAERA Minister Edwin Poots said: “The 2021 Balmoral Show promises to be a real showstopper with exhibitors from all over Northern Ireland. We will see the very best that NI has to offer in terms of agriculture, food and livestock and there will be plenty of entertainment, shows and good fun.

“We all missed the show last year after the pandemic meant it was unable to go ahead. I am therefore delighted that the show is able to go ahead this year and am looking forward to attending it for the first time as DAERA Minister.

“My Department also has a range of exhibition stands that will demonstrate what we do in DAERA in the areas of Green Growth, CAFRE, Forest Service, NIEA and a Centenary exhibit. Of course, in Northern Ireland’s Centenary year, we reflect on the changes in our agri-food sector, which has rapidly moved forward with innovative new methods and ground-breaking practices. We have seen advances in medicine, technology and robotics and our agri-food sector has always been ready and willing to embrace new ways of working.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the RUAS for all of their hard work in getting the show to this point and ensuring it goes ahead in a safe manner. I have no doubt that everyone who attends it will have a great experience.”

Vaccination Clinic

This week’s Balmoral Show will also have a walk-in Vaccination Clinic, run by the South Eastern Trust, will be open 10am to 6pm from Wednesday to Friday (September 22-24) and from 10am to 5pm on Saturday (September 25).

Tickets for this year’s show must be purchased in advance of attendance and more information on buying tickets and COVID information can be found at WWW.BALMORALSHOW.CO.UK

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