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Tillage Sectoral Energy Crop Development Group

The recently published Tillage Sector Development Plan will be used as a roadmap for growing the tillage sector and delivery of its goals will be monitored at the Food Harvest 2020 High Level Implementation Committee. The Tillage Sector Development Plan was compiled by the Teagasc Tillage Crop Stakeholder Consultative Group and launched in 2012. The plan identifies considerable potential for expansion in cereals, oilseed rape, energy crops and some potential in potatoes. If all the potential increases in the various crops were achieved, the area under crops could increase by 221,000 hectares, and the production of tillage crops could increase by 1.14 million tonnes.

05 March 2014
11 Pages
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Guidelines for Organic Farming

Organic farming can be a profitable alternative to conventional farming. At EU and global level the industry is experiencing rapid growth. Currently more than 31 million hectares of farmland are under organic management worldwide. The EU land area under organic management stands at 4% or six million hectares of the total area farmed. In Ireland the sector is growing steadily, yet remains relatively underdeveloped with less than 1% of the total farming area now farmed organically. At the end of 2007 1,121 organic operators were registered with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the area farmed organically was approximately 40,000 hectares.

24 February 2009
45 Pages