The NI agri-food industry needs to be well represented by politicians and civil servants during UK withdrawal negotiations from the EU, Tony O’Neill, chair of the Agri-Food Strategy Board, said last week.

Speaking at an event on the implications of Brexit organised by the SDLP in Cookstown, O’Neill outlined a fear that agri-food could be put in the “too difficult box” given that it has many and varied sub sectors and interests.