Food Wise 2025: food exports topped €13bn in 2017
The minister for agriculture, food and the marine Michael Creed has published the third progress report on Food Wise 2025: Steps to Success 2018, a regular report working towards maximising the potential of Ireland's agri-food export markets. The report revealed that food exceeded €13 billion in 2017.
6 July 2018 | 0
Food Wise 2025: Steps to Success 2018 has been published by Michael Creed T.D, minister for agriculture, food and the marine. Market development is one of the main themes of the Food Wise 2025 initiative, and it has been reaping rewards, according to the minister.
“Last year’s record agri-food exports of €13.6 billion along with access to new markets,” Creed said, “particularly Irish beef access to China, and the opening this week of the Qatari market to Irish beef, sheepmeat and poultry. All these and more are an endorsement of Ireland’s quality produce and our high standards of food safety and traceability.”
Steps to Success 2018 highlights the progress achieved in year three of the Food Wise 2025 strategy. Of the 375 actions which were due to commence by 2018 or are ongoing actions, 74% have been achieved or substantial action has been undertaken; and a further 26% have commenced and are progressing well.
“The challenges posed by Brexit makes the actions proposed in Food Wise 2025 all the more relevant,” Creed said. “This includes those in relation to competitiveness, innovation, human capital and market diversification.
“Environmental sustainability is an essential prerequisite to the sector’s growth ambitions, and there is a growing consensus that we can and will do more on this front,” he added.
To view the entire Food Wise 2025 report, visit agriculture.gov.ie/foodwise2025.