Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue has launched a 75-point, three-year action plan for the agriculture and fishing sectors, with a special focus on farm incomes.

“The key priority for me as Minister, is the protection of incomes and the sustainable development of our sector,” Minister McConalogue.

“Our primary producers excel at supporting a range of ecosystems services, while playing a central role in the transformation of our economy and society towards a long-term sustainable future.

“We will provide a policy platform that protects incomes, ensures that our food offering is safe and of the highest quality and that our industry is environmentally sustainable and competitive.”

The Action Plan for 2021 will build on work already underway by the Department, including:

  • Supports to the farmers, fishers and foresters.
  • Finalising and publishing a new 10-year Strategy for the agri-food sector.
  • Developing Ireland’s CAP Strategic Plan.
  • New transitional schemes for 2021 including REPS.
  • Implementing Ireland’s first over-arching animal welfare strategy.
  • Developing policies to underpin and support farm and fisher incomes.
  • Department goals

    The Statement of Strategy sets out five strategic goals for the Department which will be underpinned by actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve water and air quality and reverse biodiversity decline.

    The five goals are as follows:

  • To promote and safeguard public, animal and plant health and animal welfare.
  • Provide income and targeted supports to farm families and others in the agri-food sector to underpin the balanced rural economy and optimise environmental sustainability.
  • Provide the optimum policy framework for the sustainable development of the agri-food sector.
  • Deliver a sustainable, competitive and innovative seafood sector, driven by a skilled workforce, delivering value added products in line with consumer demand.
  • Maintain and develop strategic, operational, regulatory and technical capacity and capability to deliver excellent services to our customers.