29 May 2022

Supports needed to embrace organics funding opportunity - IFA


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The Chairman of the IFA Organics Project Team has acknowledged the increased funding of €256m for organics under the new CAP proposals.

“It’s critical that the review of the Organic Food Sector and Strategy for its Development Report 2019-2025 is acted upon and implemented immediately,” said Nigel Renaghan.

European Market
The European market for organic products is expected to reach €86 billion by 2022. The current Programme for Government target is for Ireland to reach the EU average of 7.5%.
“It’s clear that there are huge opportunities for the sector. I believe that public procurement will play an important role for organic commodities,” he said.

“IFA has lobbied extensively for increased funding to allow for the expansion of the organic sector. The outcome is a significant first step in maximising the opportunity for organic farming in this country. Currently, the majority of organic produce is imported,” he said.

All stakeholders, including Bord Bia and Teagasc, must work together to grasp the opportunity that organic farming offers. The sector is currently under-resourced in terms of market research, production research and development, and specialised advisory services.

Organic Strategy
“IFA is calling for the organic strategy 2019-2025 to be acted upon and implemented immediately and farmers must be fully engaged in this process. A whole-of-Government approach is needed to develop a farmer friendly system that actively supports and encourages farmers to invest in organic farming,” he said.

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