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Teagasc Welcomes Food Harvest 2020 Report

Teagasc has strongly welcomed the publication of the Food Harvest 2020 report - A Vision for Irish Agri-Food and Fisheries, which was launched by An Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD and the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Brendan Smith TD today, Monday, 19 July.

Teagasc Director Professor Gerry Boyle said that Teagasc is resolutely committed to supporting the industry to achieve the growth targets outlined in the report. “The report emphasises the importance of the agri-food industry to the Irish economy, its sizeable contribution to exports and the provision of sustainable jobs in rural communities. Teagasc are working across the industry to enhance the levels of productivity and competitiveness in the sector. Ireland’s low-cost grass based production systems provide a solid platform for growth in the dairy and beef sectors.”

Teagasc research is to the fore in generating knowledge for both the food and agriculture sectors to play an increasingly central role in the development of Ireland’s smart economy. Our targeted research in areas such as animal breeding and genomics, grass breeding and utilisation, environment, tillage and bioenergy and economic and policy analysis, will be increasingly important in providing the scientific base to develop the industry.

Teagasc advisers are working closely with farmers; identifying usable knowledge and transferring new technologies onto farms to improve productivity. The Teagasc education service is enhancing the skills and capacity of family farm businesses to grow and achieve ever greater competitiveness in an environmentally sustainable way.

Through discussion groups and one to one contacts, steps to optimise production efficiency on farms are being encouraged so that viable farm incomes and a sustainable family farm model can be achieved.