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Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., Launches ITB’s new Horticulture Facilities

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., Launches ITB’s new Horticulture Facilities

The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., officially launch the Institute o...


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Retail Market For Fresh Produce – Volume Up But Value Down

Recent research from Kantar Worldpanel indicates that the fruit & vegetable category continues to be the most important segment of the retail grocery market, with a 14% value share. The fresh produce category is currently valued at €1.2billion per annum. This total includes fruit, vegetables and potatoes, valued at €549m, €505m and €147m respectively.

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    New Series - Show Me Your Garden to be Aired on Sky 1

    Brand new sis-part series airs on sky1 HD. Weekly at 8:00pm from Friday 02 January. Exploring Britain and Ireland's mos beautiful back gardens and the pasionate gardeners who tend them. In the backyards of Britain are some of the most stunning, intriguing, and sometimes eccentric gardens. Behind each one of these gardens is a passionate green-fingered owner, proud of the plot they've created – so proud that they are willing to compete with two other gardening enthusiasts in their local area to prove that they have the best garden in town.

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      Seaweed- Ireland's Newest Farming Activity to Bring Export and Job Opportunities

      Seaweed farming offers Ireland the opportunity to become a producer of one of the EU's fastest growing food categories that by 2020 could boost Irish seafood sales by an additional EUR 10 million per year, a Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM)-hosted conference titled "Farmed Irish Seaweed: An Ocean Wonder Food? heard ( Tuesday 18 November 2014 at The Radisson Hotel, Limerick), as the Agency's first report on Irish seaweed farming was unveiled.

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        Major Irish Food Promotion Secured with World's Biggest Online Retailer

        Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney T.D. today met with representatives of Tmall.com, the world's largest online retailer. This meeting was part of a busy schedule of events during the Irish agri-food trade mission to China led by Minister Coveney. Recognising the importance of the rapid growth of online retailing in China as a key platform for promoting premium Irish food and beverages, Minister Coveney welcomed continued cooperation between Tmall.com and Bord Bia on behalf of the Irish food industry.

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          12 Cities Apply for European Green Capital Award 2017

          The deadline for submitting entries to the European Green Capital 2017 competition cycle has expired. The following cities have entered:

          • Bursa (Turkey)
          • Cascais (Portugal)
          • Cork (Ireland)

           

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            EPA Figures Show Less Waste Going to Landfill and More To Energy Recovery

            • 2013 figures show that Ireland is sending less residual waste (i.e. typically black bin waste) to landfill and more to energy recovery.
            • The quantity of waste exported for use as a fuel increased by 197% between 2012 and 2013.

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              30 Dublin Bikes To Measure City’s Air Quality As Part of CitySense Project

              As part of the CitySense project, 30 courier bikes in Dublin city centre will be fitted with internet of things (IoT) technology to measure the city's air quality, air temperature and pollution. With these bikes traversing the city, Dublin will have access to a wide sensor network that is being called an 'urban nervous system'. Cyclone Couriers is providing 20 bikes as part of the project, while the Dublin Cycling Campaign will be providing an additional 10 for commuters.

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                The Sodshow Meets Mary Minnock of Soil Renew Ireland

                The SodShow, Ireland's Best Podcast 2013 and only garden radio show. Live every Friday @ 3pm – or alligator in podcast.

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                  Producer Organisation Conference in Dublin ICOP 2014

                  9th International Conference of Producer Organisations for fruit & vegetables (ICOP 2014). For the 9th time representatives of the European fruit and vegetable sector meet from November 24th to 26th 2014 to talk about relevant political and economic developments. This time the organiser – the Austrian consultancy gfa-consulting gmbh – chose the "green island" Ireland as a venue for the International Conference of Producer Organisations for fruit and vegetables (ICOP 2014).

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                    Five Principles To Guide Knowledge Exchange in Environmental Management

                    Effective 'knowledge exchange' — the process of producing, sharing, understanding and using knowledge — is vital to good environmental management. New research has uncovered five principles for this process which could help researchers, decision makers and other parties work together to better manage environmental change.

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                      Forestry Challenges Must Be Addressed

                      Forestry, with an annual budget output of €2.2 billion, is set to outperform beef in the near future. Government policy wants to increase forest cover in Ireland by 17 per cent by the year 2030. This policy has already been driven by the introduction of grant schemes to encourage land owners to consider forest as a worthwhile land use and investment and also as an alternative to agricultural production systems.

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                        Greater Opportunities for SMEs in €12 Billion Public Procurement Market

                        SMEs need to be encouraged to avail of the €12 billion public procurement market that was the message from InterTradeIreland at the annual 'Meet the Buyer' event at CityWest in Dublin recently (12th November 2014). The event, attended by a record 1,000 small and medium enterprises and 150 buyers from across the public sector, north and south, focussed on the opportunities for SMEs with major public sector buyers across the island.

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                          Brand Bidding Question Clear- Adverts Must Not Confuse

                          In the long running case between Interflora and Marks & Spencer relating to M&S's use of the trade mark "Interflora" to promote its flower delivery service via Google's AdWord advertising programme, on 5 November 2014 the Court of Appeal confirmed that adverts appearing on the Google search results page must enable internet users to determine who posted the advert.

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                            Flahavan's Involved in European Bio-Recycling Project

                            Cereal waste biomass is a potential source of valuable compounds such as bio-based fibres that can be used in new potential applications. This is the case of the microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) which is a novel type of cellulose with nano-scale dimensions and very interesting properties for the development of composite materials due to its high strength and stiffness combined with its low weight, biodegradability and renewability.

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                              AIPH and Union Fleurs Launch International Statistics - Flowers and Plants 2014

                              International Statistics – Flowers and Plants 2014 is now available. The latest volume contains the current available data on the global production and trade of ornamental flowers and plants.

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                                Teagasc and Glanbia Launch Sustainable Farm Initiative

                                Teagasc and Glanbia Ingredients Ireland announced details on the new Kildalton Open Source Sustainable Farm initiative at the National Dairy Conference. The initiative will measure success across four key pillars with economic sustainability underpinning all: Resource use efficiency -Water, Energy and Nutrients; Land Management to maintain and develop biodiversity; Animal Welfare and Health & Safety.

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