Brexit preparations, the economic implications of COVID-19 and progress on the new Agri Food Strategy to 2030 were discussed at the latest meeting of the Food Wise 2025 high level implementation committee (HLIC).

Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue highlighted the importance that his Department and State agencies are ready to support the sector, no matter what the outcome of the ongoing negotiations.

I would again urge all businesses ... to engage with the supports and the advice that is available

“Planning and preparations started some years ago and I am confident that we are as ready as we can be given the unprecedented circumstances,” Minister McConalogue said.

“I would again urge all businesses who have not yet prepared for the significant changes that are ahead to engage with the supports and the advice that is available.”

Short-term focus

The meeting also discussed ongoing arrangements in dealing with the effects of the pandemic, including a report on recent trade missions which were held virtually.

The committee heard of the progress on developing the new agri food strategy to 2030.

Minister McConalogue continued: “Despite the current challenges we face, I remain ambitious for the long-term sustainable development of the sector and the 2030 strategy will look beyond the current challenges.

“For now, it is important that we navigate the coming weeks and months carefully.’’

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