The agri-food sector is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, employing 8.4% of the working population. Collectively, the sector achieved revenues of over €30 Billion annually, contributing enormously to the viability of Ireland’s rural and coastal communities. The agri-food sector is typically export-orientated. Ireland has the possibility of becoming a world leader in promoting sustainable agri-food businesses that are leading the way on industry issues. The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) announced a number of supports for businesses facing challenges being presented by the current COVID-19 situation. We aim to showcase artisan producers and farmers making significant contributions to the Irish Agri-Food industry. Agri Tourism is a growing area that we would like to promote. The development of agri-food trails allows promotion of regional or specialist cuisines, the growth and development of local or regional food and drink producers, traders and artisans. These operations are run in a number of settings ranging from working family farms to the local community and national initiatives. Experience has shown that well-run operations provide an opportunity for inclusion of agricultural produce, local food artisans and producers, and local rural markets into tourism more broadly. These initiatives support farm diversification and wider community involvement within the agricultural industry.
Farming Supplies and Services
There are approximately 137,500 family farms in Ireland with an average size of 32.4 hectares per holding. Irish agriculture is primarily a grass-based industry. Keeping these farms operating at optimum level is such an important consideration for every farmer. To do this, every farm manager should be aware of the best products on the market that can get make their farms better. We aim to highlight many of the industries newest and best-trusted products.