Thousands of people are attending Northern Ireland's biggest agricultural show.

All visitors to the 152nd Balmoral Show at the former Maze prison site in Lisburn have to show their Covid status to enter.

The Balmoral Show was cancelled last year due to Covid-19 and postponed from May until September this year due to the continuing pandemic.

There was a steady stream of people arriving this morning, although the attendance over the four days is expected to be down on previous years.

In 2019, 120,000 people attended.

The show is an important shop window for an industry, which is a big driver of the NI economy.

Organisers said it showed that the Northern Ireland agri-food sector was "open for business".

Around 2,100 livestock will compete in hundreds of competition classes.

No livestock from the Republic could be facilitated this year due to Covid-19 spacing considerations, but trade stalls from the South selling machinery and other goods are at the event.

Speaking at the show, Northern Ireland’s agriculture minister Edwin Poots announced £15.5m in funding for the agri-sector.

The money will be used to increase farm subsidy payments and will mean on average an extra £800 per farm.

Mr Poots also criticised the Northern Ireland Protocol, which he said was impeding some GB to NI trade in things like pedigree livestock, cereals and plants.

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