During his visit, the Minister was able to see the advanced systems that ensure the home environment is as energy efficient as possible. Solar electricity, generated on site, is converted into heat via an electronic boiler or stored in an on-site battery bank.
Minister Poots said: “I would like to thank Moy Park for the opportunity to see the broiler performance house and broiler farm nearby.
“Moy Park has a long history of innovation and is making a very significant contribution to the agri-food sector in Northern Ireland. Their performance house has the most advanced ventilation control systems available, which constantly monitor internal and ambient conditions and control the environment in an energy-efficient manner.
“I welcome the opportunity to see the work underway to increase their environmental sustainability and meet their own commitment to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2040.
“My vision for future support for agriculture is centered on achieving four outcomes: increased productivity; environmental sustainability, improved resilience and an integrated supply chain.
“This farm is a good example of how these outcomes are linked and improving one outcome can have a positive effect on one or more. The early adaptation of technology on this farm shows how research, industry, knowledge and technology transfer will provide solutions to the challenges we face in the future.
Justin Coleman, Director of Agribusiness and Live Production Services at Moy Park, added: “We welcome the opportunity to show Minister Poots some of our latest technology advancements that support our commitment to getting to zero. net and improve animal welfare.
“We are proud to work closely with DAERA, our industry partners and our farmers to advance sustainability in the agricultural supply chain through research, development and collaborations, while considering broader environmental challenges. such as ammonia and economic viability.
“We will continue to help nurture and grow Northern Ireland’s food industry through meaningful and lasting measures like this to help reduce emissions and protect our rural economy.”