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Current Public Consultations

The Department for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) invites submissions, on the Strength Weakness Opportunity Threat (SWOT) analysis for the CAP Strategic Plan post 2020.

Why are we launching this consultation?

In June 2018, the EU Commission published the legislative proposals for the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) post 2020 (https://ec.europa.eu/commission/publications/natural-resources-and-environment). The new delivery model proposed by the Commission is a shift from a compliance based to a performance-based model of delivery. In recognition of the climate change and environmental challenges facing the EU, and its international commitments in this regard, the new CAP proposals also outline a greater climate and environmental ambition post 2020.

Under the draft proposals, each Member State is now required to submit a CAP Strategic Plan (CSP) to the Commission for approval. For the first time, CAP support for direct payments, rural development and market support measures will be presented in the one plan. 

The current draft proposals will focus on nine specific objectives;

  1. support viable farm income and resilience across the EU territory to enhance food security;
  2. enhance market orientation and increase competitiveness including greater focus on research, technology and digitalisation;
  3. Improve farmers' position in the value chain;
  4. Contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as sustainable energy;
  5. Foster sustainable development and efficient management of natural resources such as water, soil and air;
  6. Contribute to the protection of biodiversity, enhance ecosystem services and preserve habitats and landscapes;
  7. Attract young farmers and facilitate business development in rural areas;
  8. Promote employment, growth, social inclusion and local development in rural areas, including bio-economy and sustainable forestry;
  9. Improve the response of EU agriculture to societal demands on food and health, including safe, nutritious and sustainable food, as well as animal welfare.

These objectives will be complemented by the cross-cutting objective of modernising the sector by the fostering and sharing of knowledge, innovation and digitalisation in agriculture and rural areas and encouraging their uptake.

As part of the development of the draft plan each Member State is required to follow a defined process including conducting a SWOT analysis, needs assessment, intervention strategy and design, allocating financial targets and setting targets and results which the intervention is designed to meet.

 The SWOT analysis is the first part of this process and is essentially a factual account, supported by evidence, of the current situation facing the sector in Ireland.  Member States must undertake a SWOT analysis for each of the nine objectives and also outline the current situation regarding the operation of their Agriculture, Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS).

How to get involved?

As part of our ongoing stakeholder consultation, the Department is now launching an open call for submissions to assist in drafting a comprehensive SWOT analysis for the sector.

As a guide for completing your submission the Department has prepared a first draft outline SWOT quadrant for each of the specific objectives. You may wish to consider whether these quadrants adequately reflect the current situation. Are there issues you feel are not reflected in the material provided? If so, we would value your input to ensure that the SWOT analysis is as comprehensive as possible. Where you are making comment on the draft SWOT, please include a reference to the data source you are referring to.

Interested parties are now invited to make written submissions on the draft SWOT analysis, using the attached template. Submissions can be made via the following options;

CAP Rural Development Division

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine,

4 C, Agriculture House,

Kildare Street,

DO2 WK12

The deadline for receipt of submissions is Friday the 11 of October 2019.

Documents

Online Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CAP_2020

Useful links

EU Regulations:

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=COM%3A2018%3A392%3AFIN

EU Communique The CAP after 2020

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/budget-may2018-modernising-cap_en.pdf

EU Common context indicators:

https://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/cap-indicators/context/2017_en

Freedom of Information

In the interests of transparency, DAFM intends to publish on its website all submissions received in response to this consultation and the identity of the party making the submission, including their affiliation. Any submission containing confidential, private or commercially sensitive information or material should therefore clearly identify that information or material and specify the reasons for its sensitivity. All submissions received will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 and may be released or published on foot of third party applications or otherwise.

By responding to the consultation, respondents consent to their name and affiliation being published online with the submission. The Department will redact all other personal data prior to publication.

Privacy Statement

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy and employs appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect your information from unauthorised access. The Department will not process your personal data for any purpose other than that for which they were collected. Personal data may be exchanged with other Government Departments, local authorities, agencies under the aegis of the Department, or other public bodies, in certain circumstances where this is provided for by law.

The Department will only retain your personal data for as long as it is necessary for the purposes for which they were collected and subsequently processed. When the business need to retain this information has expired, it will be examined with a view to destroying the personal data as soon as possible, and in line with Department policy. Further information on Data Protection can be found on our website here

Mr. Michael Creed T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine invites submissions, observations and comments on Irelands Agri-Food Strategy to 2030.

Why are we launching this consultation?

Food Wise 2025 is the current ten-year strategy for the agri-food sector in a series of ten-year plans that have been in place since 2000. While Food Wise has been instrumental in providing a framework and statement of intent for the industry, like all strategic plans for the future, it must evolve and respond to a rapidly changing context both within and outside the sector.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has begun the process for developing the next ten year strategy to replace Food Wise 2025 and a public consultation forms an essential part of this process. The consultation is framed to ascertain the views of all stakeholders on the direction of the sector to 2030 and what strategic actions are required to ensure it lives up to its potential, as well as societal expectations.

How to get involved?

This consultation is composed of two elements – an online survey and a series of questions in a consultation document. These questions are framed around seeking the views of the public in relation to the vision for the Irish agri-food sector to 2030 and the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the sector during that period. In addition, a background paper on the economic overview of the agri-food sector is being published which may be of use in better understanding its broad structure and performance. Respondents can choose which of the questions they respond to in the consultation document. All submissions are welcome and will be considered in developing the Strategy.

The consultation is open until the 1st October 2019.

In order to aid the process of responding to this public consultation, a ‘Response Form’ (containing the questions in the consultation document) is available for respondents to complete and this should be submitted by e-mail if possible, or in writing to:

E-mail submissions: 2030strategy@agriculture.gov.ie 

Postal submissions:

Agri-Food 2030 Strategy Public Consultation

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine,

Economics & Planning Division

Agriculture House,

Kildare Street,

Dublin D02 WK12

The online survey can be found here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Agri-Food2030Consultation

Documents

Freedom of Information

In the interests of transparency, DAFM intends to publish on its website all submissions received in response to this consultation and the identity of the party making the submission, including their affiliation. Any submission containing confidential, private or commercially sensitive information or material should therefore clearly identify that information or material and specify the reasons for its sensitivity. All submissions received will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 and may be released or published on foot of third party applications or otherwise.

By responding to the consultation, respondents consent to their name and affiliation being published online with the submission. The Department will redact all other personal data prior to publication.

Privacy Statement

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy and employs appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect your information from unauthorised access. The Department will not process your personal data for any purpose other than that for which they were collected. Personal data may be exchanged with other Government Departments, local authorities, agencies under the aegis of the Department, or other public bodies, in certain circumstances where this is provided for by law.

The Department will only retain your personal data for as long as it is necessary for the purposes for which they were collected and subsequently processed. When the business need to retain this information has expired, it will be examined with a view to destroying the personal data as soon as possible, and in line with Department policy. Further information on Data Protection can be found on our website here

Consultation Process for Statement of Strategy 2020 - 2023

This Department is preparing its Statement of Strategy 2020 - 2023.

The new Strategy will be prepared having regard to:

  1. The external environment in which we operate and our ability to adapt to changing circumstances (e.g. Brexit, Climate Change and new CAP, etc);
  2. Our leadership role in the implementation of the new agri-food 2030 Strategy, which is in its development stage, Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth and Forestry 2030;
  3. The requirements of the agri-food actions set out in the Programme for a Partnership Government; Climate Action Plan; Future Jobs Ireland 2019, Action Plan on Rural Development and its successor Action Plan on Regional and Rural Development;
  4. Other overarching policy frameworks e.g. Our Public Service 2020, Civil Service Renewal, etc.

The Mission of the Department in the 2016 - 2019 Statement of Strategy  was ‘serving the Government and people of Ireland by leading, developing and regulating the agri-food sector, protecting public health and optimising social, economic and environmental benefits’.

We would welcome your views most specifically in relation to the following questions:

  • How well do DAFM services meet the needs of the agri-food, forestry and marine sector and how could they be enhanced?
  • What are the forthcoming market and other challenges that we need to address and is our current focus adequate to meet those challenges?
  • Are there opportunities (e.g. new areas of work) which the Department should consider when developing the 2020 – 2023 Departmental strategy which would advance the achievement of our mission, vision and objectives across the agri-food, forestry and marine sectors?
  • What metrics should the Department use to measure our performance and monitor achievement of our strategic goals?

We would be grateful to receive your response on the foregoing questions together with any more general views you may have on the strategic direction of the Department and how it can best deliver on its remit[1].

Please submit your response by email to SOSConsult@agriculture.gov.ie by Friday, 06 September 2019.

[1] Please note that all submissions received will be available under the Freedom of Information Act and may be published on the Department’s website as part of the Strategy of Statement process.

 

 

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 5:45 p.m. on Friday 12 July 2019.

The Guidance document is open for public consultation until 21 June 2019

The closing date for the public consultation has been extended to Friday 24 May.