Ireland’s food and agriculture sectors are supported by ongoing investment by Ireland in:

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The creation of appropriate and robust safety and control systems

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Maintenance of centralised animal identification and movement data

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Strong investment in oversight and inspection

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Collaboration on crossover areas such as food and public health

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A robust food and agricultural research base, with strong collaboration between industry and educational and research-performing organisations

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Dedicated support for knowledge transfer to farmers and producers.

Additionally, Ireland has a strong core of businesses active in producing world-class products and services in agri-tech, machinery and know-how relevant to food production, agriculture, fisheries and forestry, as well as a legacy of providing food and agricultural science education through Universities and other colleges.

Through SFSI, Ireland’s expertise can be accessed for help in:

  • formulating agricultural and food sectoral policy, strategies and programmes
  • building regulatory and control systems and related institutional capability
  • strengthening food safety at all stages of the supply chain
  • protecting standards of animal health and welfare and expertise in veterinary services
  • systems for animal identification and movement control
  • traceability in the food chain
  • knowledge transfer, agricultural education and extension services
  • productivity and establishment of producer and farmer advisory groups
  • developing and embedding sustainability programmes at primary and processor levels
  • creating SME and investment support systems
  • creation and marketing of national or regional brands.
  • establishing and improving research and innovation in agriculture and food