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Agri Aware brings its Patrons' Pantry to the National Ploughing Championships

Agri Aware, the independent agri-food educational body, is treating visitors to the National Ploughing Championships with a pantry filled with the best of Irish produce - in order to communicate the benefits of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to consumers.

Agri Aware's Patrons' Pantry exhibit is filled with an array of grass-fed dairy and beef produce, along with fresh fruit and vegetables, highlighting the importance of farming, the agri-food industry and CAP in delivering quality food for the consumer. With Minister of Agriculture, Michael Creed visiting the stand today to commend the agri-food industry for creating an array of safe, traceable, affordable, quality food, with the support of the Common Agricultural Policy.

Agri Aware's exhibit is part of an overall year-long strategy to communicate the Common Agricultural Policy to the general public and farmers. Agri Aware's campaign entitled ‘Farm to Fork-CAPtured, for over 50 years’ focuses on food security, food safety, food affordability, the sustainable management of our natural resources and development of our rural areas.

The farming and agri-food sector is Ireland’s largest indigenous sector, providing employment to over 300,000 people directly and indirectly. Exports from the agri-food sector have grown by more than 50% since 2009, reaching almost €11bn in 2015.

Speaking at the opening of Agri Aware's exhibit at the National Ploughing Championships, Agri Aware's Chairman, Mr. Richard Moeran said: “Agri Aware's exhibit encompass everything great about the agri-food sector. We have some fantastic produce on display, including some of the best grass-fed dairy and beef in the world. Thanks to the Common Agricultural Policy, farmers and the agri-food industry can deliver quality, safe, traceable and affordable food for consumers. In addition, it helps us to create awareness with the general public with the role of CAP in delivering sustainability, biodiversity and development of rural areas, and it allows us to effectively engage with a sizeable audience from all walks of life.”

Minister Creed and Agri Aware Executive Director with Jess the sheepdog

Taoiseach Enda Kenny admiring Agri Aware's Patrons’ Pantry, which showcased an impressive array of Irish produce

Agri Aware patrons with Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed

Agri Aware Executive Director, Deirdre O'Shea and Cian reading the Irish Farmers Journal

Members of the Ulster Farmers Union met with Agri Aware's new Executive Director at Ploughing

Tim Hayes and Ute Ally from the European Commission with Agri Aware Executive Director, Deirdre O'Shea; Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed and Agri Aware Chairman, Richard Moeran