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Hayes Launches €4.2m Investment Aid Scheme for the Commercial Horticulture Sector

Hayes Launches €4.2m Investment Aid Scheme for the Commercial Horticulture Sector

Tom Hayes, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with special ...


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Preview of Teagasc Forestry Events 2015

Teagasc's Forestry Programme of Events for 2015 promises to be very interesting. The programme will be updated regularly so keep an eye on the Teagasc Forestry website

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    IPM ESSEN 2015 - The "Green Career" Will Begin at the World's Premier Horticultural Fair

    The "Green Career" Will Begin at the
    World's Premier Horticultural Fair
    Job Exchange and Supplementary Information Forum for Students

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      European Seaweed Sector Continues To Grow

      As mentioned in a previous Food Alert, seaweed is a growing category in Europe, although far behind Asia where marine plants are part of a long standing traditional culinary culture. The French seaweed research institution CEVA carries out research and technological transfers to assist the development of the sector. The growing number of consumer food companies with product on the market is a witness to their success.

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        Terra Madre ..Salone Internationale del Gusto - John Stanley

        The main reason Linda and I wanted to be in Torino in late October was to visit "Salone Internationale del Gusto...Terra Madre" which is organised by the Slow Food Movement.

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          Supervalu TidyTowns - Midlands and East Region Awards Ceremony

          This year's SuperValu TidyTowns awards for the Midlands & East region were presented recently, Wednesday 3rd December, at a prize-giving ceremony in the Community Hall, Moynalty, Co. Meath. SuperValu TidyTowns winners were presented with their awards by Damien English T.D., Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, and Paul Rice, Regional Manager, SuperValu, proud sponsors of the competition. Also joining the Minister on stage was Colm Breheny, Client Services Manager Fáilte Ireland.

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            IPM ESSEN 2015 - Politicians and Top Purchasers as Guests at the World's Premier Horticultural Fair

            Strong Interest From Official and International Sides

            Politicians and Top Purchasers as Guests at the World's Premier Horticultural Fair From January 27 to 30, 2015, the 33rd IPM ESSEN will take place at Messe Essen. Even now, high-ranking politicians and numerous major international purchasers have already promised to take part in the world's premier horticultural fair.

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              Hayes Acknowledges Ireland's Second Biggest Food and Drink Export Market

              Tom Hayes, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine last night attended the 10th annual Bord Bia Irish Food and Drink Trade Reception in the Irish Embassy in Paris, where representatives of major French retailers and food service industry, along with over 30 Irish food and drink exporters to France, were present.

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                The Global Bio-Economy: Is Ireland in Danger of Losing Out?

                The European bio-economy employs some 21.5 million people and presents an annual market worth over €2 trillion, with significant potential for further growth, as EU member states supplement food production with sustainable technologies for production of biofuels, bio-fertilisers, bio-chemicals and bio-plastics. 

                Read more: The Global Bio-Economy: Is Ireland in Danger of Losing Out?

                  Irish Consumers and Local Food

                  A preference for local food is a growing trend amongst consumers in the UK and Ireland, according to Bord Bia's Periscope report. In Ireland, 7 out of 10 adults consider buying local produce to be important when shopping for food – as a comparison; just over half of adults in the UK feel the same. 

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                    The Weather and Rainfall in 2014 - Organic Centre

                    Well 2014 was an interesting year weather wise.The total rainfall for 2014 as I write this piece is already 1443.77mm compared to the total of 2013 which was 1338.6. So there will be a bit more by the end of the year.

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                      Eataly - John Stanley

                      Those who read my October newsletter will remember the Dutch retail food offer I mentioned that was being developed based on an Italian model. That retailer was Eataly.

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                        Hen Harriers Under Forestry Threat

                        Conservation groups in Ireland call for support for farmers in Hen Harrier areas and are warning of the dangers planting trees within its protected areas. Hen Harrier has become part of a media storm in Ireland. Attempts to portray the species as a threat to farming livelihoods have been stymied by the fact that it is apparent that the interests and livelihoods of many farming communities are actually more compatible with Hen Harrier conservation than recent media reports indicate.

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                          Hayes Announces Government Approval of New Forestry Programme 2014 - 2020

                          Tom Hayes, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, announced recently that the Government has approved the new Forestry Programme covering the period 2014 – 2020. 

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                            New Organic Farming Scheme Generating Huge Interest

                            A proposed 60pc increase in payments to participants of the Organic Farming Scheme, combined with priority entry into GLAS, has obviously accelerated that interest. In the past 10 years the area of organic land has doubled in the EU. But, notably, sales of organic food have quadrupled to over €22bn, pointing to a deficit in supply for a variety of products.

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                              Supervalu TidyTowns - West and North West Region Awards Ceremony

                              This year's SuperValu TidyTowns awards for the West & North West region were presented recently, Monday 1st December 2014, at a prize-giving ceremony in the Knockranny House Hotel, Westport. SuperValu TidyTowns winners were presented with their awards by Mr. Michael Ring, T.D., Minister of State at The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and Richard Lennon, Regional Manager, SuperValu proud sponsors of the competition. Fiona Monaghan of Fáilte Ireland also joined the Minister on stage.

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                                Autumn Promotions - John Stanley

                                During this tour I have seen a blending of autumn displays blending into Christmas promotions and wonder if this will continue to be a trend. Pumpkins are an ideal product for getting the autumn feel across, at our hotel in Torino they were used as part of an autumn floral decoration.

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                                  IPM ESSEN 2015

                                  The international trade fair for plants (IPM ESSEN) is the world's leading trade fair for horticulture. It is the only specialist trade fair of its kind to cover the entire value chain of plants, including production, technology, floristry, garden features, and the point of sale. No other plant fair offers trade visitors such a comprehensive market overview and so many multifaceted novelties.

                                  At the next IPM ESSEN, taking place from 27 to 30 January 2015 in Essen, more than 1,500 exhibitors from 50 countries and trade visitors from more than 100 countries are expected once again. The international trade fair for plants is represented with additional events in Moscow, Dubai, Beijing and Bangalore.

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