The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, will today host an ‘Open Policy Debate’ for 400 delegates from across the Irish agri-food sector.  The event will discuss a range of issues which will be key to the development of the next ten-year strategy for the sector.

Michael Creed TD

Speaking in advance of the event Minister Creed said “This ‘Open Policy Debate’ is an important exercise in consultation and offers a valuable opportunity for stakeholders to come together to consider the many complex challenges and opportunities facing the Irish agri-food sector. I am looking forward to hearing what stakeholders have to say particularly what new thinking and ideas can be generated to shape the direction and content of the next Agri-Food Strategy to 2030”.

In conjunction with the public consultation that Minister Creed launched during the summer, this event begins the process of developing the next ten-year strategy to succeed Food Wise 2025.  Minister Creed said “We need to consider current and emerging challenges, but also the many opportunities that are opening up for the agri-food sector. Over the last 20 years, the sector has benefitted from a series of stakeholder strategies, updated every five years.  This approach to strategic planning has ensured a coherent, stakeholder-led vision, which has underpinned the development of the sector. This is evidenced by the 73% increase in the value of agri-food exports since 2009, to almost €14 billion last year.  Each successive strategy has attached greater importance to environmental sustainability, which Food Wise correctly identified as being equal and complementary to economic development”.