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Current Public Consultations

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: 

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:


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 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.