Commenting on today’s announcement of €26 million in grant awards for agri-food, marine and forest research projects, the President of ICMSA, John Comer, has welcomed the announcement. Mr Comer said that it was now beyond doubt that any money invested by the state in these sectors was repaid in multiples through employment and exports and by the fact that Ireland’s reputation as a global standard-setter in sustainable food production was now going from strength to strength. The ICMSA President noted, however, that it was crucial that all the stakeholders in this dynamic sector realised that everything ultimately rested on the primary producers – the farmers – and that their needs, requirements and rewards would require a similar commitment on the part of the minister and his Government.
Ends 28 November 2013.
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