Senator Pippa Hackett, Minister for Land Use and Biodiversity speaking at the ACA AGM announced further upskilling investment of €150,000 for Agricultural Advisors in organic farming. This is in addition to funds provided in 2022, where over 100 advisors to receive support specifically to organics, provided farm walks and attend training. The ACA will with this increased funding be able to ensure nationwide advisor support with the addition of a second specialist organic advisor.
Minister Hackett said:
“Farmers can see for themselves the opportunities that are there for them in organic farming. The organic strategy forum and all stakeholders recognise that advisory support is key to ensuring farmers have the confidence to make the switch and become organic farmers. Research has shown that farmers trust agricultural advisors, and this training will ensure farmers now have access to organic farming support. Already, 2023 has been a pivotal one for organic farming as we have accepted record numbers of farmers into the organic farming scheme, and the ACA have been instrumental in bringing organic farming to the forefront as a real opportunity for Irish farmers”.
“This training will help us to meet our ambitious Programme for Government and Climate Action Plan targets of substantially increasing the area of land farmed organically in Ireland to 10% by 2030.”
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