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e10m boost for research

A €10m fund for research in the agriculture sector has been announced by the Minister for Agriculture, Brendan Smith.

The monies will be spent across the department's three competitive research programs Firm, RSF and Coford.

Under Firm, a number of initiatives have been developed which will build on existing research capacity and capability and will add value to existing research outputs while also delivering new knowledge to underpin the development of the food industry.

Mr Smith pointed out that the targets for the research funding had been identified in consultation with industry requirements and the AgriVision 2015 Food Industry Research Group.

"The importance of research and innovation was emphasised in the Food Harvest 2020 report as a prerequisite to achieving the growth targets for the agrifood sector," Mr Smith said.

Declan O'Brien

Irish Independent