TResearch Summer 2019
Virtual Irish Centre for Crop Improvement
Virtual Irish Centre for Crop Improvement
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Blackcurrants have traditionally been grown on a countrywide basis as a garden fruit mainly for jam production and also for confectionery purposes. This crop is grown on a large scale in the south-east for processing. All processing crops are grown on contract and are used for juice and jam manufacture. The present area under blackcurrants is approximately 100 ha. giving 1,000 tonnes annually. The crop has a gross value of €.75M and 90 per cent of the output is exported. Blackcurrants grow best in well-drained soils in parts of the country which have comparatively low rainfall, good sunshine and are relatively free of late spring frosts. The crop requires protection from wind and shelter must be provided.
The conversion of a redundant building can create a new source of income and there are many opportunities for building conversions including: Industrial workshops, Recreation/tourism, Residential
Tourism is very important to the Irish Economy. In 2004 it was worth €4Bn and the aim is to increase this figure to €6Bn by 2012. Fáilte Ireland tell us that there are two important elements which must taken into account, if we are to be successful over the next number of years. They are ‘different product offerings’ and ‘better access’.
Camping is a well-established popular activity in Ireland. A network of campsites exists throughout the 32 counties. A camp site must provide some or all of the following onsite amenities: camp pitches, showers, toilets, campers kitchens and picnic areas. The range of amenities varies according to the type of site. To qualify for the minimum standard category, campsites should be easily accessible, and must have basic facilities such as: water, separate male and female toilet/washing facilities, wet weather shelter (a simple barn structure) and a camping area capable of providing a secure environment for visitors. Excellence Ireland carries out the registration, classification and quality control for Fáilte Ireland.
Cut foliage is vegetation used in large quantities as a source of decoration on its own or in association with flowers in bouquets. Evergreen plants with green, silver or variegated leaves are usually used and species with berries are now also becoming popular. A recent statistic from Holland indicated that 25-30% of bouquets now consist of foliage compared to 5%, 15 years ago. This trend is set to increase further because of the green, healthy image presented by such products and because of the predicted increase in consumption of floral products.
Fruit preserves such as jams and marmalades are mixtures of fruits and sugar, which have been boiled to produce a stable gel structure with attractive visual and eating qualities and mould-free storage life. The products should have characteristic colours, flavours and textures and be easily spreadable.
Consumer interest in organic food has expanded rapidly in recent years. While production of food to organic standards has also expanded, output is still not sufficient to meet demand. Consumers have to put up with intermittent supply and imported produce. Home grown organic fruit and vegetables are always in scarce supply. One of the basics of an Irish diet is potatoes and growing potatoes organically as part of a rotation on an organic unit would produce a very saleable commodity.
Tourism is very important to the Irish Economy. In 2004 it was worth €4Bn and the aim is to increase this figure to €6Bn by 2012. Fáilte Ireland, from their market intelligence, tell us that there are two important elements which we must take account of, if we are to be successful over the next number of years. They are ‘different product offerings’ and ‘better access’.
Personal and home care aides assist the elderly, disabled, ill, and mentally disabled persons who live in their own homes or in residential care facilities instead of in health facilities.
In 2004 6.4 million tourists came to Ireland and of those 3% stayed in Hostel accommodation, 1% more than stayed in Caravan and Camping. The highest number staying in hostels came from Mainland Europe and USA and the lowest number came from UK. Because of the vast improvement in Standards and Quality the hostel sector is growing. Hostel in Ireland divide into two categories namely Holiday hostels and Youth hostels. Youth hostels are run under the direct management of an organization or associations such as An Oige, while Holiday Hostels are under the management of a Proprietor or Manager, in other words are privately owned. As with all tourism products membership of a marketing organization is very important both from a marketing and networking viewpoint.