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Minister Sargent welcomes marked increase in interest in organic farming option

Major increase in numbers attending Teagasc Organic Farm Walks

Having written to herd owners across the country in early August encouraging farmers to consider exploring the potential benefits of converting their operations (or part of the operations) to organic production, Minister Sargent is delighted with the major increase in numbers attending the Teagasc Organic Farm Walks.

Following his visit to Peter Young's farm walk this week in Athy Co. Kildare, attended by 150 farmers, Minister Sargent said "I am delighted to learn of the marked growth in numbers of farmers attending the walks, particularly the numbers of young farmers. In the past the numbers attending the walks averaged between 50 to 70. Recent walks at the end of August in Carrick-on-Shannon and Mount Nugent in Co. Cavan saw attendances of over 200 and almost 300 respectively."

"Organic Farming can provide many profitable and rewarding options. Farm walks offer farmers the chance to learn first hand about the practicalities of organic farming. Having the opportunity to discuss all related topics with the host farmer, Teagasc, Department officials and the organic Certification Body representatives is a chance not to be missed. I would encourage more farmers to attend the remaining upcoming organic farm walks" added the Minister.

Upcoming Organic Farm Walks

Tuesday 9th September 2pm
Fintan Rice
Co. Tipperary

Thursday 11th September 2pm
Mr. James Mulhall
Co. Laois
Dairying, Beef, Sheep, Pigs, Tillage

Wednesday 17th September 6pm
Padraig Fahy
Beechlawn Ballinasloe
Co. Galway
Horticulture crops

Friday 19th September 6pm
Co. Wexford Organic Centre
Co. Wexford
Horticulture Crops and Fieldscale Vegetables

Date Released: 05 September 2008