Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue chaired his first meeting of the Food Wise 2025 high level implementation committee (HLIC) on Thursday.

Brexit preparations and the ongoing COVID-19 response across the agri food sector were top of the agenda.

Continued efforts

The Minister heard updates from the CEOs and senior officials of Bord Bia, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc. The meeting was also attended by senior officials from relevant Government departments and agencies.

Minister McConalogue said: “While the focus lately has quite rightly been on responses to COVID-19, work on Brexit preparedness has not stopped.

“We must continue to communicate the key messages to stakeholders, to ensure the agri-food sector is ready to meet the challenges of Brexit on 1 January 2021.”

2030 strategy

The latest meeting of the HLIC also included an update on the new agri food strategy to 2030.

The process for developing the next 10-year strategy commenced in August with the opening of a public consultation process on a draft strategic environmental assessment scoping report, which has since closed on 8 September.

The 2030 strategy builds on its predecessor programmes, Food Harvest 2020 and most recently Food Wise 2025, the current agri food strategy for smarter, greener and more sustainable growth of the industry.

The Department has procured RSK Ireland Limited to prepare a report on the likely significant effects on the environment of implementing the strategy.

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