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Minister Sargent welcomes publication of Teagasc Organic Production Business Plan

Mr. Trevor Sargent T.D., Minister for Food and Horticulture at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, today welcomed the publication by Teagasc of its first Organic Production Business Plan. He was speaking after being presented with the Plan by the Director of Teagasc, Professor Gerry Boyle at a meeting held in the Teagasc office in Oakpark, Co Carlow.

"The Business Plan is indeed timely in the context of the Programme for Government commitment to expand the organic sector", Minister Sargent said. The Programme for Government sets a target to convert a minimum 5% of acreage to organic farmland by 2012. He complemented Teagasc on its commitment to the organic sector and said "the actions outlined in the Plan will be incorporated into the Department's own Action Plan to achieve the 5% target, which I will publish shortly".

Minister Sargent was pleased that his Department was in a position to support an important initiative in the Business Plan, the production of a DVD on organic farming. "This practical guide will be essential viewing for all interested in learning more about organic production," he concluded.

Date Released: 20 March 2008