Update and progress of the five themes of Food Wise 2025
“Over 1,100 Knowledge Transfer Groups comprising almost 20,000 farmers are now established.”
- BurrenLIFE Programme was a winner of the
EU LIFE Nature award following a public
vote. It was nominated as one of the top
five projects in the Nature and Biodiversity
category to celebrate the 25th Anniversary
of the LIFE Programme which has been
supporting Environment and Climate
actions in the EU since its inception in May
1992. The BurrenLIFE Programme has been
tremendously successful in pioneering
alternative approaches to sustainable
management of high nature value farmland
in the Burren region. This project has now
been successfully transferred and adapted as
a flagship locally-led Scheme under Ireland’s
Rural Development Programme funded by DAFM. There are now over 200 participants
in the Programme with a further intake
planned for later in 2017.
- DAFM prepared agriculture and forest sector
mitigation measures for input to the National
- 585 companies, accounting for almost 95%
of food and drink exports, have registered to
take part in the Origin Green programme
- Health & wellness is now a mandatory target
in the sustainability elements of Origin
- Teagasc published the ‘Green Book’
containing soil specific nutrient advice.
- DAFM and DJEI launched the 2017 Report of
Future Skills Needs in the Food and Drinks
Sector in April.
- DAFM held a Workshop on Skills Needs at
farm level in April
- Teagasc’s Level 6 course in pig production will
commence in September.
- Over 1,100 Knowledge Transfer Groups
comprising almost 20,000 farmers are now
- Agriculture Cashflow Support Loan
Scheme, which was developed by DAFM
in co-operation with the Strategic Banking
Corporation of Ireland (SBCI), making €150
million in working capital loans available to
farmers at interest rates of 2.95%.
- Teagasc continues to develop its ‘Option
Plus’ programme for improving off-farm
- The new Succession Farm Partnership register
was launched in June 2017.
- ‘Financial Instruments’ (FIs) are being
considered for inclusion in the Rural
Development Programme. An ex-ante
assessment to assess any current market
failures in the access to finance market, which
is a first step in introducing FIs, is progressing.
- DAFM’s seven point plan to increase
international Market Access:
- Establishment of a High-Lev
Access Committee within the Department
reporting directly to the Secretary General.
- The allocation of additional mark
resources in the Department.
- The Department will
commission Bord Bia
to undertake market profiling exercise for
potential third-country and EU markets for
- An intensified progr
missions to promote Irish food and drink
on EU and third country markets:
- An immediate
review of existing
export markets in which conditions of
certification present barriers to trade or
additional costs for exporters.
eased engagement with the European
Commission on measures to encourage
a common approach to resolving issues
relating to market access for EU products
- The development
by the Department of
a new dedicated portal website which will
bring together in the one location the full
range of open markets and products, and
the relevant conditions certification in a
user-friendly manner for exporters
- A €3.75 million Bord Bid campaign to
promote Irish beef and lamb in China, Japan
and Hong Kong.
- In December, the Irish Whiskey Tourism
strategy, developed on an all-island basis by
the Irish Whiskey Association, was launched.
- The European Innovation Partnerships
Initiative (EIP) forms part of RDP 2014-2020.
It held an open call for proposals addressing
key challenges in the agri-food sector. The
first stream is focused on farm viability,
economic performance, sustainable forest
management and innovative technologies.
The second stream is focused on challenges
related to environmental, biodiversity and
climate change issues.
- Enterprise Ireland created a Foreign Direct
Investment (FDI) and innovation portal
connectivity across the Irish innovation
system for food and drinks companies.
- €28 million in research grants was awarded
by DAFM to 19 different national institutions
and organisation to undertake work across 43
- DAFM became a partner of a SUSFOOD
(Sustainable Food Production and
Consumption) - an EU Cofund European
Research Area-Network consortium that
launched in January.