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Minister Hayes Launches Organic Farming Action Plan 2013 - 2015

Speaking at the launch of the Organic Farming Action Plan 2013-2015, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Tom Hayes TD,  paid tribute to the work carried out by his predecessor, the late Minister Shane McEntee “who was the driving force behind the establishment of this Action Plan”.

 The Minister said “This Action Plan will be central to assisting our efforts to develop the Organic Sector to its full potential as recognised by the Food Harvest 2020 Report”. The Action Plan has four main objectives; increase the production base in Ireland, with a view to replacing where possible imports with Irish organic produce, promote awareness of the potential export market, seek to develop sustainable export markets for Irish organic produce as supplies become available and to identify issues which are impeding the growth of the Organic Sector with an emphasis on developing solutions.

 “The target of 5% of land area under organic production set out in the Food Harvest 2020 Report is indeed a challenging target that we must together strive to achieve. The Action Plan I am launching today is a very important element in this process and one that I hope all stakeholders will embrace”, Minister Hayes concluded. 


Download the Organic Farming Action Plan 2013-2015

 

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Minister Of State Tom Hayes T.D. Launch's the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Organic Farming Action Plan with Mel O’Rourke, Chairperson of Organic Focus at the farm of Mr. Alan Jackson at Lacka House, Riverstown, Birr. 

Date Released: 22 August 2013