THE potential of the forestry industry to generate rural employment should not be understated, according to Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.
Speaking at the recent opening of the Forestry Company's head office in Cork, Minister Coveney highlighted the importance of forestry in Ireland, noting that the conditions in this country are particularly suited to forestry growth and development.
Conor Daly of The Forestry Company said the Minster's interest in forestry is to be welcomed. "It is reassuring to see that the Government continues to recognise the potential of the forestry industry and to commit resources to this sector," he said.
Mr Daly's colleague Donal Brosnan noted that the government's commitment appears to be accompanied by a growing interest in all aspects of forestry among farmers. "We have received an increased number of enquiries about a range of forestry related matters in recent months," he said, adding that "it is great for the development of this vibrant and diverse industry to see that government commitment and public interest are moving in the same direction."
Along with the new head office at the Marina Commercial Park in Cork, The Forestry Company also has regional offices in Kerry, Limerick, Galway, Cavan and Longford.