Category Archives: Irish agri-food strategy

GIVING DIRECTIVES OFF PARTIAL INFORMATION

An all too common observation about the directives given to Irish farmers is that they rarely seem to be based on a thorough understanding of the whole picture, or at least, most of it. One of the most frequent examples … Continue reading

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HEADING INTO A DECADE OF MAJOR CHANGE?

So Brexit has happened and as the Leavers will tell us, “live with it”! The Remainers may talk of a second referendum but for those in the farming and food industries, we need to plan for Brexit. And as I … Continue reading

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BREXIT IN A WORLD THAT DOES NOT CHANGE

I have not rushed into the post-Brexit debate, it needed a period of reflection. I did, however, go into the Referendum with the viewpoint that the most impacted upon place was not going to be within the United Kingdom itself … Continue reading

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IS THE FUTURE ABOUT PREMIUM CONSUMER-PRODUCTS?

CONSUMER-PRODUCT SWOT ANALYSIS The following was largely written a couple of years ago but it has been dusted off because it makes a change to write something positive amidst the commodity-induced gloom that is now engulfing too much of the … Continue reading

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IS IRISH FARMING MARKET-LED OR SUPPLY-DRIVEN?

Another return to my early 2014 review of the Irish national agri-food strategy. It may be interesting to read in the context of the current, over-supply created problems in the dairy sector. The following quotes are extracted from the three … Continue reading

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IS THE CAPITAL AVAILABLE TO COMPETE?

Another extract from my FH2020 review. One of many questions that should have been asked and analyzed when the strategy was put together. Does anybody not appreciate that going global means that the Irish farmer is going to be going … Continue reading

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COMPETITIVE MILK POWDER INVESTMENTS

Just reading again some of what I wrote over two years ago [late 2013] when I wrote a review of Irish agri-food strategy. This I found particularly relevant when thinking about the root causes behind the current dairy crisis. They … Continue reading

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GRANT FUNDING, FARMING AND PREMIUM FOODS

If there is a central theme to my writing on the Irish farming and food sectors it is that the country needs a far clearer vision about how it is going to create a premium-foods segment. It needs to link … Continue reading

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ONE CANNOT IGNORE THE TOTAL COST OF PRODUCTION

Thankfully there are now more people like Eddie Punch from the ICSA talking about the full cost of production on Irish farms. When I first started looking into the way Food Harvest 2020 was prepared I was immediately concerned by … Continue reading

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A TWIN-STRATEGY SOLUTION FOR IRISH AGRICULTURE

In my previous blog post I asked a rather pertinent question about whether the much-promoted Food Harvest 2020 strategy was actually delivering results given that success was being claimed on the back of a one dimensional performance measure, that of … Continue reading

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