A statement published on Gov.ie quoted Minister McConalogue as saying, "There are many natural symmetries between tourism and the agri-food sector - they complement each other well. 2022 proved a difficult year for the agri-food industry. Building a business post-COVID-19 has been challenging.
"We are delighted to be in a position to continue to provide support towards the development of agri-food tourism initiatives which will help rural businesses to develop their products and services, connect with the community and visitors and improve the rural experience.
"The funding provided under this initiative aligns with many of the goals in my department’s ambitious strategy for the agri-food sector Food Vision 2030.
"One of the key actions in this strategy is to continue to develop linkages between local food and tourism offerings, including support for business development and marketing initiatives to support and promote food and drink visitor attractions including the distillery, brewery and tourism sector. Ireland's agri-food sector is engrained in the fabric of Irish society and is one of the main drivers of our economy, especially in rural and coastal areas."
Total funding of close to €300,000 is available for projects supporting agri-food tourism initiatives, which may also include rural food markets, with the maximum amount payable to any project being €25,000, according to the statement published on Gov.ie, which also noted that applications should be made via the Call for Proposals application form, which can be found at Gov.ie/en/form/4411a-call-for-proposals-agri-food-tourism/.
The closing time and date for applications is 12 noon on 23 February, according to the statement published on Gov.ie.
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