Forest Picnic proves a success as our agri-food championed
Published 14/09/2010 | 05:00
More than 10,000 people thronged Portumna Forest Park, Co Galway, to attend the Forest Picnic.
The event, which was organised by ICSA, IOFGA and the Slowfood Movement, marked the start of National Organic Week and highlighted the quality food produced by Irish farmers.
ICSA president Gabriel Gilmartin said: "It is important that we recognise that the Irish agri-food sector can play such an important role in economic recovery. More farmers need to escape from over dependence on supermarket retail giants or from processors who pay less than the cost of production.
"But the Government must move ahead with credible labelling so that those farmers who have gone the extra mile can have these efforts recognised, and, of course, rewarded."
(From left) Dr Sinead Neiland of IOFGA; Horticulture Minister Ciaran Cuffe; Grace Maher and Gillian Westbrook, event coordinators from IOFGA; and Gabriel Gilmartin of ICSA share a joke at the Forest Picnic.