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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 April 2019.

For further information and application details:

Farmer Schemes & Payments

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.

Fodder Import Support Measure 2019

Full details of Fodder Import Support Measure for prospective applicants as well as Cooperatives/Importers available on Department’s website at

Bord Bia

LEADER Food Initiative’ provides €15 million in supports for artisan and small food enterprise. Bord Bia has a dedicated website, with detailed information on the supports and opportunities for small food businesses at

The Department’s Farm Assist Campaign

Income supports are available to self-employed farmers & fishermen / women. More information available here


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