THE Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas, which was launched recently by Environment Minister Phil Hogan is to go into a nationwide consultation process in an effort to piece together a jobs strategy for rural Ireland.
The commission will examine the economic potential of rural areas and how best to channel funding and resources between 2013 and 2025.
Teagasc will take responsibility for the research and consultation process, in conjunction with the Department of Environment and the Western Development Commission.
At the launch of the Commission, Prof. Cathal O'Donoghue, of Teagasc said Farm households have been particularly affected by the downturn and they would therefore be one of the main beneficiaries of more jobs in rural areas. He sees the Food Harvest 2020 strategy for the agri-food sector as a key player in rural job creation.