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Minister Doyle Highlights Growth of Organic Market at Organic Demonstration Farm Walk

Mr Andrew Doyle, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, today attended the first of a nationwide series of twelve organic demonstration farm walks to showcase successful organic operators. The first event today was held at the farm of Tom Dunne, Seefeld Farm, Ballinaslee, Durrow, Co. Laois.

The events, which are funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and organised by Teagasc, are hosted on twelve different farms around the Country. These farms represent a wide range of organic enterprises in Ireland and cover the beef, cereal, horticulture, dairy, sheep and poultry sectors as well as direct selling opportunities.

Speaking today on the farm Minister Doyle said “the market for Irish organic produce continues to grow each year and is currently valued at €162 million. I understand if we include farmers markets, online sales etc the estimated value is over €200 million. However there is definitely scope for further growth given the market demand out there. This is why I have decided to establish a high-level strategy Group to form a development plan for the development of the Irish Organic sector. I will be announcing more details on this Group in the very near future”.

Minister Doyle also acknowledged the work done by Teagasc on the Organic Farm walk demonstrations and took the opportunity today to launch their new edition of “Guidelines for Successful Organic Production”. 

Notes for Editors:

Further details on the Organic Farm Walk Programme can be found at: https://www.teagasc.ie/media/website/events/Organic-Farm-Walks-2017-2018-web.pdf

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Date Released: 06 December 2017