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Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Shane McEntee TD, has launched a new national group, Organic Focus, to further develop the organic sector in Ireland.

The group is made up of representatives from the Department, Teagasc, Bord Bia as well a number of organic meat, dairy, poultry, horticulture, cereals, and aquaculture producers. It will be chaired by Mel O’Rourke, Managing Director of both Sylvan Ireland and Sylvan Europe.

According to the Minister, the new group is ”a forum for meaningful discussion on issues that substantially impact the Organic Sector.  The principal objective of the Group will be to identify solutions where possible and develop strategies to progress the Organic Sector for the benefit of all”.

The other members of the Group are as follows: John Purcell (Beef); Birgitta Hedin-Curtin (Seafood); Peter Young (Dairy); Cait Curran (Horticulture and Education); John Paul Crowe (Poultry, Eggs, Bacon, etc); Pauric Connolly (Organic Beef producer); John Flahavan (Cereals); Richard Galvin (Fruit); Lorcan Bourke (Bord Bia); Dan Clavin (Teagasc); Kevin McGeever (DAFM); and Joan Furlong (DAFM).

The Irish organic market was worth an estimated €100m in 2011 with 1,721 organic operators in Ireland and 52,390 hectares of land under organic production methods.