Food Vision 2030 recognised the value of the Irish Horticulture Sector as the 4th largest agriculture sector in Ireland and called for a strategy to set out a road map for the industry to 2030 focussing on economic, environmental and social sustainability.
With a turnover in 2021 of €521 million and directly employing over 6,600 people while occupying less than 1% of total land, horticulture contains a diverse range of sectors, such as mushrooms, potatoes, field vegetables, protected fruit, protected vegetables, outdoor fruit, and amenity crops such as nursery stock, protected crops including bedding plants, cut foliage, outdoor foliage and bulbs, Christmas trees and turf grass.
From carbon sequestration to enhancing biodiversity such as pollinators, horticultural systems offer many synergies and co-benefits between environmental, economic and social sustainability. However, the scale required, high start up costs, labour shortages and retail pressures pose challenges for the sector, but with a significant trade deficit and changing consumer trends, there are opportunities for import substitution and innovation.
KPMG’s July report Opportunities for the Irish Horticulture Sector was commissioned by the Department to identify the key cross-cutting factors applicable to the overall sector and each sub-sector’s challenges and opportunities ¬– and articulate the actions that could address these. The report drew on industry data and consultations across the sector both in Ireland and overseas.
Through the completion of an online questionnaire, this public consultation is designed to expand engagement outside the sector and help inform the development of a new National Strategy by prioritising the identified actions to support the horticulture sector to grow and realise its full potential.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is inviting submissions from all interested stakeholders on the prioritisation of actions in KPMG’s report and any other matter considered necessary to grow the sector to 2030. Such submissions will help inform the development of a National Horticulture Strategy for implementation until 2030.
KPMG’s report on Opportunities for the Irish Horticulture Sector.
The closing date for submissions will be 4pm on Wednesday 30th November 2022.
Terms and conditions
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is collecting this data to inform the development of a strategy for the horticulture sector following the publication of KPMG’s report on Opportunities for the Irish Horticulture Sector. All submissions, including the name of the person or organisation making the submission, will be published on the Department’s website, however, if you wish to make a submission but not be identified publicly this can be accommodated provided it is clearly indicated when the submission is made. When making a submission please indicate if you agree, or not, to your name being published on the Department’s website. Should you wish to later withdraw this given consent then please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Freedom of Information
All submissions and comments submitted to the Department for this purpose are subject to release under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 and the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007- 2014. Submissions are also subject to Data Protection legislation. Personal, confidential or commercially sensitive information should not be included in your submission and it will be presumed that all information contained in your submission is releasable under the Freedom of Information Act 2014.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is collecting this data to inform the development of a strategy for the horticulture sector following the publication of KPMG’s report on Opportunities for the Irish Horticulture Sector. This data will be processed in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR EU 2016/679), the Data Protection Acts 1988-2018, the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and the DPER Consultation Principles and Guidance. Any additional personal data received as part of your submission will not be processed, shared, or retained and will be destroyed upon receipt. Publication to the Department’s website of personal data associated with submissions will only take place where permission is received to do this.
Further information on Data Protection can be found on our website.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy and employs appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect your information from unauthorised access. The Department will not process your personal data for any purpose other than that for which they were collected. Personal data may be exchanged with other Government Departments, local authorities, agencies under the aegis of the Department, or other public bodies, in certain circumstances where this is provided for by law.
The Department will only retain your personal data for as long as it is necessary for the purposes for which they were collected and subsequently processed. When the business need to retain this information has expired, it will be examined with a view to destroying the personal data as soon as possible, and in line with Department policy.
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