Food Wise strategy features strong rural focus

Food Wise strategy features strong rural focus

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Food products from the Burren. Photograph Jennifer Martin.
Food products from the Burren. Photograph Jennifer Martin.

Clare Fine Gael Senator Tony Mulcahy has described Food Wise 2025 as “a strong statement of the potential of the agri-food sector to lead Ireland’s economic recovery.”

With over 350 recommendations, Ireland’s ten-year strategy for the agri-food Sector was officially launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney TD.

Senator Mulcahy said the new strategy outlines how central the agri-food sector is to Ireland’s economic ambitions.

“While containing a strong economic focus, this strategy is also about sustaining rural communities. The agri-food sector is vital to enabling people to live and raise their families in rural Ireland. There are many examples throughout Clare of new and expanding agri-food businesses making significant contributions to their local communities, particularly though the creation of new jobs,” he said.

Senator Mulcahy added: “It is very encouraging that there is such a strong focus on rural diversification, entrepreneurial development and agri-food and marine tourism. Support for these areas is vital if we are to create a sustainable rural economy for the future.

“Food Wise 2025 is underscored by ambitious but achievable goals. Chief among these goals is that the agri-food sector will help deliver a further 23,000 jobs by 2025.

“There is a real opportunity to capitalise on the growing global demand for high quality, safe and nutritious food, particularly in Asia and Africa. Food Wise 2025 is a statement of intent in order to capitalise on the ever-increasing global demand for food and for new and innovative food solutions. We in Ireland are well placed to help meet these demands,” concluded Senator Mulcahy.

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