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Minister Sargent presents Certificates at Organic Centre Harvest Celebration

Speaking at the presentation of certificates at the Harvest Celebration at the Organic Centre in Rossinver, Co Leitrim, Mr Trevor Sargent T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food praised the role of the Centre in developing the organic sector in the North-West region.

He congratulated the participants in the Community Food Project and the Peace and Environment Project for their commitment to the organic sector. The objective of the Community Food Project, supported jointly by the Health Service Executive and the Department of Agriculture and Food, is to increase knowledge, awareness and skills among targeted groups in relation to organic fruit and vegetable growing, preparation and cooking. Six Community Gardens participated in this Project.

The Peace and Environment Project has established a cross-border schools programme and a cross-community project promoting peace through gardening together in the border counties of Leitrim, Sligo, Donegal and Fermanagh. This Project has approximately 200 participants in the community garden project and almost 800 students at primary level involved in the schools gardening programme.

The Minister said "I am impressed by the range and number of educational courses that are available here in Rossinver where the Organic Centre continues to play a significant role in growing the organic sector in the region. Nationally the Organic Centre is an important player in helping to realise the target of 5% of agricultural land be farmed organically by 2012."

13 September, 2007

Date Released: 13 September 2007