The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, TD, Ministers of State Tom Hayes TD and Ann Phelan TD announced plans for a new ten year strategy for the agri food sector, aptly named Food Wise 2025.
Food Wise 2025 predicts that over the next decade Ireland can;
- increase the value of agri food exports by 85% to €19 billion,
- increase value added to the sector by 70% to €13 billion,
- increase the value of primary production by 65% to €10 billion.
This should deliver a further 23,000 jobs in the agri food sector by 2025.
The key messages from Food Wise 2025 are:
- The Irish agri-food sector has been very resilient throughout the recent economic turbulence with significant development within the sector. Food and Drink exports have out-performed other sectors of the economy (45% growth in Irish Ag-food exports compared to 4% for overall merchandise exports 2009-2014 period)
- Food Wise 2025 has new ambitions for the sector for further growth, growth which is sustainable – economically, socially and environmentally
- Food Wise 2025 has harnessed the collective wisdom, experience and knowledge of leading industry stakeholders and sets a course for the industry of smarter greener more sustainable growth over the next decade
- Food Wise 2025 is a statement of intent from the industry to capitalise on a host of new growth opportunities arising from the ever-increasing global demand for food and for new and innovative food solutions. Ireland is well placed to meet these demands given our comparative advantage in producing a range of sustainable, safe, nutritious and innovative food products.
Thursday July 2, 2015/ Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.