New Irish government commits to poultry sector improvements

Ireland’s new “partnership government” has committed itself to the development of measures to improve poultry sector facilities, competitiveness and returns.

The government’s promise to the industry is contained in a 156-page policy document which declares the new administration’s aims for the future of the Irish economy, including its plans for the development of farming.

“We will pay particular attention to the development of the agriculture and food sector,” states the document.

“Agriculture is the heartbeat of the rural economy and schemes must be tailored to meet the challenges of farming on all types of land, across all sectors and on all sizes of farm holdings. The next generation of farmers must be supported and Ireland positioned as the highest quality food producing nation in the world, based on innovation and sustainability.”

As for the government’s specific plans for poultry sector developments, the document includes the following pledge: “We will roll out a dedicated scheme for investment in the poultry sector, assisting producers in modernising their facilities, and increasing competitiveness and returns within the sector.

“The industry will also be supported in addressing animal health issues to the benefit of producers, processors and retailers.”

The new government is described in the document as “unlike any other established in Ireland since the foundation of the State, comprising Fine Gael, members of the Independent Alliance, and a number of other independent TDs, working together”.

Headline image is take from the new policy document

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