Horticultural Growers Information Day: A Knowledge-packed Event

Feb 23, 2024 | Climate Change, Farm Viability, Green Architecture

National Organic Training Skillnet (NOTS) announced its collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) Organic Unit in organising a one-day information session for horticultural growers. The session focused on the Organic Farming Scheme (OFS) and its associated benefits.

The information day took place on Thursday, the 29th of February, at the County Arms Hotel in County Birr, this knowledge transfer event provided valuable insights from key figures. The line-up included prominent DAFM staff, representatives from the Organic Growers of Ireland, Teagasc, the Agricultural Consultant’s Association, and accomplished organic growers currently active in Ireland. Minister Pippa Hackett delivered the opening address.

The event was open to all individuals with an interest in organic horticulture, such as growers, gardeners, market gardeners, farmers, processors, and retailers, the day’s agenda featured Q&A sessions following each presentation.

Data from the 2020 Central Statistics Office (CSO) Census of Agriculture reveals that in 2020, there were 1,686 organic farm holdings, constituting 1.3% of all farm holdings. The Organic Agricultural Area Utilised (AAU) accounted for 73,799 hectares (ha) out of the state’s total of 4,498,987 hectares, representing 1.6%. There are now over 5,000 participants in the Organic Farming Scheme as of 2024, and a tripling of the area being farmed organically since 2020. These are really significant milestones, and they show that the organic sector in Ireland is continues to grow at a significant pace. This latest tranche of the Organic Farming Scheme means the total land area being farmed organically is approximately 225,000 ha (5%).

For more information about the information day click here.

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