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Ireland publishes sustainable and competitive food plan. The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue has published the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Statement of Strategy (2021-2024) alongside an Action Plan for 2021, which outlines 75 actions to further develop a sustainable, innovative and competitive agri-food, forestry and seafood sector.

The Action Plan for 2021 will build on significant work already underway by Ministers McConalogue, Hackett and Heydon and the Department, including continuing to provide vital supports to fishers, which are the lifeblood of a balanced coastal economy and community, as well as working to develop initiatives and policies to underpin and support fisher incomes.

A key goal will be to deliver a sustainable, competitive and innovative seafood sector, driven by a skilled workforce, delivering value added products in line with consumer demand.

Welcoming the publication of the new Statement of Strategy and Action Plan, Minister McConalogue said:

“The key priority for me as Minister is the protection of incomes and the sustainable development of our sector. Our farmers, fishers and food producers face many challenges as they continue to provide the high-quality food, fish, timber. Our primary producers also excel at supporting a range of ecosystems services, while playing a central role in the transformation of our economy and society towards a long-term sustainable future. We will provide a policy platform that protects incomes, ensures that our food offering is safe and of the highest quality and that our industry is environmentally sustainable and competitive.”