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Food Harvest 2020

Food Harvest 2020 (FH2020) a strategy to chart the direction of agri-food, forestry and fisheries for the next decade, was published in July 2010. This strategy, which is primarily industry-led, was underpinned by a comprehensive range of analytical papers prepared by the Department and relevant State Bodies, views received from the public consultation process, and input from the Harvard Business School and senior farming and food industry figures.

The detailed report contains over 200 recommendations and suggestions towards which Government and private enterprise will work. It also sets clear and ambitious targets to be achieved by 2020. These include

  • Increasing the value of primary output of the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector by €1.5 billion; a 33% increase compared to the 2007-2009 average.
  • Improving the value added in the sector by €3 billion.
  • Achieving an export target of €12 billion for the sector which is a 42% increase compared to the 2007-2009 average,
  • Increasing milk production by 50%;
  • Adding  20% to the value of the beef sector.

In addition the report points out the necessity of improving cost competitiveness by 20%, relative to our competitors, and doubling the industry spend on R&D.

Its implementation is being driven by the High Level Implementation Committee (HLIC).  This is chaired by the Minister and comprises the CEOs of Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, BIM, Teagasc, the Environmental Protection Agency and senior officials.  The HLIC met twice in 2010 and to date progress has been made on progressing the dairy sector, scoping a credible sustainable agenda, including Brand Ireland and prioritising a research call focused on the priorities outlined in FH2020.

The first progress report on implementation will be published in the 3rd quarter of 2011.