Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle T.D., has today launched a new seven-year strategy for the development of the Irish organic food sector. The Strategy covers the period 2019 – 2025 and includes sectoral and cross-sectoral recommendations to take account of projected market developments for the sector. It is an industry-led strategy prepared under the chairmanship of Mr. Martin Heraghty.
Speaking at the launch of the new Strategy, Minister Doyle; “I welcome this comprehensive Strategy setting out a clear vision for the growth of the Irish organic food sector to 2025. We know that the growth opportunities for the sector both nationally and internationally are significant and this Strategy will help the Irish sector realise its potential in realising this opportunity. The Irish Organic retail market is worth €162 million with a further €44 million generated by direct sales. The market for organic food in Ireland grew by 10.5% in 2017.
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