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Agriculture & Food

Senator Victor Boyhan takes a keen interest in the support and development of the Agriculture and Food industry in Ireland, in particular the horticulture industry and local food businesses around the country.

He retains a particular interest in the Irish horticulture industry, which is worth €350m farm gate to the Irish economy, and employs thousands of people.

Small family-owned businesses and entrepreneurs form the backbone of the Irish food industry, alongside the food co-operatives and larger exporters of quality Irish food.

Gastronomy and Food Studies

DIT Cathal Brugha Street is now taking applications for a Masters programme in Gastronomy and Food Studies.
The two year part time course aims to allow students to network and share practical experience, develop skills and creativity, and to engage with the study of Irish and international food culture.
IMPORTANT: The closing date for applications is 30th June 2017.

For further information and application details:

2017 National Reserve (Young Farmer/New Entrant) Scheme

Applications must be submitted on or before 15 May 2017 -

2017 EU Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) / Greening Payment

Deadline 15 May 2017 -

Scheme of Aid for Producer Organisations in the Fruit & Vegetables Sector and National Strategy for Sustainable Operational Programmes

Scheme of Investment Aid for the Development of the Commercial Horticulture Sector

The Scheme of Investment Aid for the Development of the Commercial Horticulture Sector grant aids capital investments in specialised plant and equipment in the horticulture sector. The scheme's objectives are to: promote the diversification of on-farm activities; improve the quality of products; facilitate environmentally friendly practices and improve working conditions.


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