Deputy John Paul Phelan
An agri-food project in Kilkenny has received €10,780 in funding according to Carlow-Kilkenny TD, John Paul Phelan.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD confirmed the investments as he announced close on €300,000 in funding to 19 local agri-food tourism projects.
“ Kilkenny County Council is also to get €10,780 to help finance Taste Kilkenny. The funding is made available under the 2022 Rural Innovation and Development Fund through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine,” Deputy Phelan confirmed.
Minister McConalogue said: “I am delighted to announce the successful projects which have secured funding in the Agri Food Tourism sector. It is great to be able to support these initiatives in the agri-food tourism sector and build on progress already made. There is a great geographical spread of projects this year which highlights the interest throughout the country.
“Our 10-year roadmap for the agriculture sector, Food Vision 2030, highlights the natural synergy between agri-food and local tourism. I have backed this important sector and I will continue to back it as Minister for our food sector which is our greatest and most important sector.
“I place a huge emphasis and importance on agri-tourism in rural areas as it allows our great food companies of all sizes to showcase their people, landscape, history and culture through agricultural produce, food and drink and local cuisine.
“In addition, it provides opportunities for rural businesses, including farmers, producers and artisans, to develop their products and services, connect with the community and visitors and improve skills and best practice”.
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