Local project to receive almost €48k funding for agri-food tourism – DEERING.

18th September, 2017

A Carlow project will receive €47.950,00 funding to promote agri-food tourism, local Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering has said.
Agri-food tourism is the practice of touring rural areas to visit areas of well-known agricultural produce and to sample and taste the local or regional produce or cuisine.
It includes a wide variety of activities that may also involve staying on the farm, participation in agricultural endeavours or buying produce direct from a farm or market.
Deputy Deering said: “I am delighted to announce that Carlow County Council Food Trail Development Project – Agri-food Tourism Cluster Development will receive almost €48k funding from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine under the Rural Innovation and Development fund.
Agri-Food Tourism Cluster Development will provide training and mentoring for food business with promotional activities and training to showcase and develop food talent in Carlow.
“Food Wise 2025 highlights the natural synergy between agri-food and local tourism. I believe that agri-food tourism is of great importance for rural areas in order to showcase their people, landscape, history and culture through agricultural produce, food and drink, and local cuisine.
“In addition, it provides opportunities for rural businesses, including farmers, producers and artisans, to develop their products and services, connect with the community and visitors to an area, and improve skills and best practice”.
“My Fine Gael colleague Minister Creed has awarded funding of over €277,000 across six separate agri-food tourism initiatives, following a competitive process under the Rural Innovation and Development Fund. The agri-food tourism projects also encompass local food, farmer and artisan market schemes that support local and seasonal food producers and artisan crafts.
“The successful projects were selected by an evaluation committee with members from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), Bord Bia and Fáilte Ireland following a competitive procurement process.”