The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is to publish a land eligibility booklet which will outline characteristics of the agricultural land that will be deemed in a state fit for grazing or cultivation. A copy of this book will be issued to all farmers in Ireland in the coming days and will be available on the Department's website.
The European Commission has authorised 17 GMOs (genetically modified organisms) for food/feed uses, including seven which are renewals of existing authorisations. The Commission also gave authorisation for the importation of two GMO cut flowers (not for food or feed).
EU funding of €500,000 has been approved for Bord Bia to promote fresh fruit and vegetables for the next three years. This additional funding brings to €1m, the total amount to be spent on such produce, until 2018.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, has welcomed the progress made at the recent international blue whiting fisheries negotiations in Clonakilty.
The European Commission has approved 50 per cent co-funding for a programme to promote the humble spud.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, has announced that a letter of comfort has now been received in relation to Ireland's Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020.