Dept of Agriculture Food Wise 2025

Working collaboratively

Food Wise 2025 highlights the importance of collaboration and coordination of resources between DAFM, State agencies and other Government Departments.

Sustainability Collaboration

  • Carbon navigator is being driven at farm level for dairy and beef. There is ongoing dialogue with Teagasc, DAFM and Bord Bia in relation to the roll out of Carbon Navigator. A Carbon Navigator tool for the pig sector is being finalised with a pilot expected to commence in quarter 3.

  • On-going implementation of phase 3 of the DAFM funded Teagasc Agricultural Catchments Programme.

  • DAFM worked closely with the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (DHPCLG) and the EPA in the delivery of the second draft River Basin Management Plans, which launched in March with a six month public consultation.

  • BIM, with support from the Marine Institute (MI) and in collaboration with the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA), intensified its programme of gear selectivity and technical conservation measures, particularly to fulfil landing obligation requirements.

Human Capital Collaboration

In November 2016 DAFM, with DJEI involvement, hosted a workshop on future skills needs for the food industry. This proved a very useful format for engaging with stakeholders from the food and beverage industry, trade unions and academics on the skills gaps facing the industry, from factory workers to top executives and gathering practical ideas of how to address these issues. The recommendations from this workship were jointly published by DAFM and DJEI entitled the 2017 Report of Future Skills Needs in the Food and Drinks Sector in April.

DAFM held a Workshop on Skills Needs at farm level in April with representatives from farm operatives, farmers & farm managers and next generation farmers. DAFM is working to progress the recommendations arising from this workshop.

Teagasc in conjunction with the National Rural Network held Expand your Horizons seminars in 28 locations around the country. These seminars dealt with promoting diversification options and possible LEADER funding available to farmers.

Bord Bia partnered with the Agricultural Science Association to roll out a joint promotional programme for a revised Language Bursary programme. The revised programme will be rolled out with the UCD School of Agriculture for 2017/18 academic year.

Competitiveness Collaboration

The DAFM Agriculture Cash Flow Support Loan Scheme, in co-operation with the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI), made €150 million in working capital loans available to farmers at interest rates of 2.95%.

DAFM and industry progressed the development of producer organisations in the beef and horticulture sectors.

Market Development Collaboration

  • DAFM led a series of trade missions including; China and Singapore, Vietnam and South Korea in September, Morocco and Algeria in November, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates in February/March, and the USA and Mexico in June in response to Brexit and looking at new markets.

  • Bord Bia partners with SuperValu and the Local Enterprise Offices on the Food Academy, and on Taste Buds with Tesco.

  • BIM promoted the development of new medicines and measures to strengthen control of sea lice on salmon farms.

Innovation Collaboration

Food Works, the food entrepreneurship programme focused on high-potential start-ups, is undertaken on behalf of Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc, who collectively run and support the programme.

Teagasc has agreed to partner with Science Foundation Ireland in a themed call as part of its 2016 Investigators Programme. The themed call aims to link agri-food researchers with ICT researchers.

Enterprise Ireland expanding reach in collaboration with Bord Bia (Internationalisation Pilot programme)

The National Agri-food Research and Innovation Group (NAFRI) is reviewing coordination of agri-food research technology centres to ensure resources are applied most efficiently including exploration of how best to join up existing centres of excellence.