Middle Eastern promise

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Bord Bia’s trade mission to the Middle East in February was deemed ‘a fantastic success’ by chief executive Tara McCarthy. Speaking to Matt O’Keeffe, who was also in attendance, Tara described the five-day mission as a great opportunity to discuss Bord Bia’s business development plans and the Origin Green story with other delegates during the different trade-mission engagements.

IFA Smart Farming programme aims to save €250,000 in 2017

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Smart Farming, the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA)-led cost savings programme, will work with more than 1,000 farmers across 50 discussion groups, purchasing groups and IFA branches in 2017. Farmers who take part in Smart Farming save an average of €5,000 per year, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions from their farms by seven to 10 per cent, according to the IFA.

Bord Bia launch new Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme

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Bord Bia have launched the new Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme (SBLAS) which sets out the agreed standards for the production and certification of Irish beef and lamb. The new scheme was designed in collaboration with the sector stakeholders to meet the demands of global food buyers for verifiable proof of Ireland’s sustainability claims. The scheme is accredited to the International Standard for Product Certification ISO 17065 by the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB), who approved the scheme in recent days.