"Preparations for a new strategy to 2030 are under way" as part of the five-year renewal of the national agri-food strategy, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has told the Dáil.

"My Department is currently developing an environmental sustainability roadmap for the agri-food sector to ensure that the future development of agriculture and the land-use sector, including forestry, will be built upon and contribute fairly to Ireland’s climate targets," Minister Creed said, adding that this roadmap would be published later this year and "form a key element of the 2030 strategy".

Public consultation

Such initial analysis will be followed by a public consultation and the establishment of a committee to develop the strategy.

As revealed by the Irish Farmers Journal last month, the Department of Agriculture is planning discussions with industry representatives on the strategy in the coming months.

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