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Functions of the Department

In carrying out its mandate the Department undertakes a variety of functions including:

  • Policy advice and development on all areas of Departmental responsibility.
  • Representation in international especially EU and national negotiations.
  • Development and implementation of national and EU schemes in support of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Forestry and Rural Environment.
  • Monitoring and controlling aspects of Food Safety.
  • Control and audit of public expenditure under its control.
  • Regulation of the agriculture, fisheries, and food industries through national and EU legislation.
  • Monitoring and controlling animal and plant health and animal welfare.
  • Monitoring and direction of State Bodies engaged in the following areas - research training and advice - market development and promotion- industry regulation and development- commercial activities.
  • Direct provision of support services to Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Forestry.