Organic Farming plan

Minister Of State  Tom Hayes T.D. Launch's the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Organic Farming Action Plan with Mel ORourke, Chairperson of Organic Focus at the farm of Mr. Alan Jackson at Lacka House, Riverstown, Birr. Picture: Ger Rogers/HR Photo.
Speaking at the recent 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”.

Speaking at the recent 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 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 a challenging target that we must together strive to achieve. The Action Plan is a very important element in this process”, Minister Hayes concluded.