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Sargent Sets Up Artisan Industry Committee

Mr Trevor Sargent T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, has established an Artisan Industry Committee under the auspices of AgriVision 2015. The group is chaired by the Minister and is representative of the diverse artisan sector.

Speaking after the inaugural meeting yesterday, the Minister said that the Artisan Committee would identify issues and advise on strategies for the development of the speciality and artisan sector and that "Each member of the Committee had been selected by reference to specific expertise in order to have the optimum representation from within the speciality and artisan sectors".

The Artisan Industry Committee is one of three distinct industry groupings under AgriVision 2015 Action Plan. The Action Plan identifies the delivery of safe, high-quality, nutritious food, produced in a sustainable manner in high value markets as the optimum road for the future of the Irish food industry in light of the changes which have already taken place or are anticipated over the next decade.

The Minister updated the Committee on the Local Authority Forum on Farmers Markets which he had held last month with Mayors, Local Authority Managers, Cathaoirligh, and Town Clerks which he said was the beginning of a process to strengthen the growth, viability and prosperity of direct sales and the farmers market system in Ireland. Other issues discussed included the desirability of having systems in place to ensure the continuation of the sector in terms of skills, capacity etc.

The next meeting is due to take place in June.
6 February, 2008
Please note: Photographs already sent out but are available on request.

Artisan Industry AV2015 Committee Membership

Minister Trevor Sargent
Chair

Darina Allen
Ballymaloe Cookery School
Shanagarry
Co. Cork

Giana Ferguson
Gubbeen
Schull
Co. Cork

Jim Buckley
Cork County Council
Veterinary office

James McGeough
Connemara Fine Foods
Oughterard
Co. Galway

Con Traas
The Apple Farm
Moortown
Cahir
Co. Tipperary

Caroline Robinson
Irish Farmers Market Traders Association
Parkmore
Templemartin
Bandon
Co. Cork

Eamon Lonergan
Chair
CÁIS
Ballyneety
Knockanore
Co. Waterford

John Brennan
Leitrim Organic Ltd.
Enterprise centre
Drumshanbo
Co. Leitrim

Marc Michel
Tinna Park Bower
Kilpedder
Co. Wicklow

Peter Ward
Chair Taste Council
Country Choice
Nenagh
Co. Tipperary

Martina Clarke
Irish Association of Seafood Companies
70B Clanbrassil St.
Dundalk
Co.Louth

Michael Gleeson
Federation of Irish BeekeepersAssociations
Ballinakill
Enfield
Co.Meath

Robert Ditty
Ditty's Home Bakery
44 main Street
Castledawson
BT458AB

Date Released: 06 February 2008