IFA’s Organic Project Team is hosting an Organic Producer Day on Sat, Oct 12th in Marlay House, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin.
IFA Project Team Chairman Nigel Renaghan said, “This event provides a unique opportunity to meet the farmers of Ireland. We have partnered with Fáilte Ireland’s Taste the Island campaign as part of this initiative. Primary producers and industry representatives will be present to educate consumers and tourists about the high-quality produce we have to offer”.
“We are actively lobbying for the reopening of the organic scheme to new entrants for specific commodity sectors that are currently in deficit. There has been a 70% growth in the organic sector in Europe over the past 10 years. Just over 2% of land is attributed to organic production in Ireland and we are hugely dependent on importing organic food to meet consumer demand,” he said.
“Events such as this are a great opportunity for stakeholders and farmers in the organic sector to come together and highlight opportunities that exist in the sector,” he said.
Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Andrew Doyle will officially open the event. There will be talks on the day from organic producers and industry representative and exhibitions from across the food sectors. Ballymaloe cookery school will provide cookery demonstrations using produce from farmers present at the event.