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Minister Sargent welcomes great interest in Organic Farming Option - Major attendance at Teagasc Organic Farm Walk at Donegal Creameries An Grianán Farm

Mr. Trevor Sargent T.D., Minister for Food and Horticulture at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, has expressed his delight at the numbers of farmers attending this seasons Teagasc Organic Farm Walks.  Minister Sargent described the walks as a valuable way of encouraging farmers to consider exploring the potential benefits of converting their operations (or part of their operations) to organic production.

Following last Thursday evening's walk on Ian Witherow's farm in Burt Co. Donegal, attended by over 100 farmers, Minister Sargent said  "I am delighted to learn of the numbers of farmers attending the walks, particularly the numbers of young farmers. Demand for organic product continues to rise despite the recession. Domestic demand rose by 11% according to the latest figures available."

"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 representatives from the organic certification body is a chance not to be missed. I would encourage more farmers to attend the remaining upcoming organic farm walks", added Minister Sargent.

Upcoming Organic Farm Walks

Tuesday, 7th July
Derrick Forde,
Drumcannon, Latton PO,
Co. Monaghan
Beef & Sheep
Wednesday, 8th July
Trevor Harris, Cooltrim, Donadea, Naas, Co. Kildare Tillage, Beef & Sheep
Wednesday, 15th July
Sean Clancy, Tonelmore, Cloghan
Co. Offaly


Thursday, 16th July 7pm

John Forde, Knockatullera, Newmarket,
Co. Cork

Beef, Sheep & Tillage

Wednesday, 22nd July 7pm

Noel Lynch, Ballymakeera, Macroom,
Co. Cork
Beef, Sheep & Tillage
Friday, 24th July
Harry O'Grady Finnitterstown Hse, Adare, Co. Limerick Beef, Sheep & Tillage
Wednesday, 12th Aug 7pm Dominic Leonard, Castlewood House, Durrow, Co. Laois Beef, Sheep, Pigs & Tillage
Thursday,13th Aug
David Notley, Aughamore, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Beef and Sheep

Wednesday, 26th Aug 6pm Richard Moeran, Farrenconnell Estate, Mountnugent, Co. Cavan Beef, Sheep, Pigs & Tillage
Friday, 28th Aug
Peter and JennyYoung, Castlefarm, Athy, Co. Kildare Farm Shop, Horticulture, Farm Diversifications
Thursday, 3rd Sept
Philip Dreaper, Coolnagrower, Fortral, Birr, Co. Offaly Fieldscale Vegetables
Tuesday, 8th Sept

Batt and Ger Sheehan, Ballymounteen, Ballynoe, Mallow, Co. Cork

Dairying & Tillage
Wednesday, 9th Sept 6pm Fintan Rice, Everardgrange, Fethard, Co. Tipperary Dairying
Thursday, 17th Sept 6pm Padraig Fahy and Una Ni Bhroin, Beechlawn Ballinasloe, Co. Galway Horticulture Crops
Friday, 18th Sept
County Wexford Organic Centre, Cushingstown, Foulksmills,
Co. Wexford
Horticulture Crops & Fieldscale Vegetables

Date Released: 07 July 2009