Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has announced a 10-year plan that demonstrates considerable ambition.
He has requested that 35 leading figures in the agri-food industry work on the 2025 Agri-Food Strategy, which will be published in July.
The group will be chaired by Glanbia managing director John Moloney and will include farmer representatives, chairpersons of State agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency , Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc and key figures in some of the State’s biggest food and drink companies.
These include Glanbia, Kepak, Kerry Group, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard,the Irish Dairy Board, Carton’s and Danone Ireland.
They will sit alongside presidents of the IFA , Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association, Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association, Irish Co-operative Organisation Society and Macra na Feirme, as well as representatives from agencies such as Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Birdwatch Ireland, and academics and researchers.