Written answers

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Department of Agriculture and Food

Departmental Policy

5:00 pm

Photo of Margaret ConlonMargaret Conlon (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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Question 16: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he expects to be in a position to publish position papers, prepared by his Department and the State agencies under his remit, as part of a public consultative process on relation to the medium term future of the Irish agri-food and fishing sector. [43446/09]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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As I announced some time ago, I intend to produce a strategy for the development of the agri-food, fisheries and forestry sectors to 2020. This will follow on the very successful Agri-Food 2010 and Agri-Vision 2015 strategies.

To help guide the public consultation on the 2020 strategy, I have asked my Department and the State Agencies to prepare a series of discussion papers on key issues. These are currently being finalised and I anticipate that they will be posted on my Department's website before the end of the year.

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