Do you have an innovative solution in the field of livestock agriculture and environmental management? Do you want to learn more about the opportunities in Ireland? Then join us on an agri-tech tour in Ireland from 19-21 June.
Beeld: Image by Andreas Senftleben from Pixabay
Ireland’s agricultural industry is the country’s largest and oldest indigenous industry. It is the backbone of the rural economy. With an increased focus on climate change, nature restoration and carbon emissions there is increased pressure on the agri-food industry in Ireland which is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG’s) accounting for 34% of the total emissions.
Why is this mission being organized now?
In July 2022, the Irish Government agreed a target of a 25% reduction in carbon emissions for the agricultural sector by 2030. This is an ambitious target for the sector which is predominantly made up of livestock production including dairy, beef, pigs and poultry. A long with these GHG reduction targets, Ireland also has clear EU targets to meet its water quality objectives and biodiversity objectives which agriculture is central to. Given these ambitious targets there is a great demand for knowledge and expertise in the area of circular agriculture, technology focused on mitigating and assisting with carbon reduction, animal health measurements, on farm renewable energy and lower carbon solutions. Subsidies are available for environmental actions and renewable energy on farm from the Irish government.
Who is this tour for?
This agri tech tour is open to Dutch agri-tech companies and knowledge institutions with innovative solutions for the challenges faced by Ireland and those who are interested in learning more about the opportunities for business and collaboration in Ireland. It is specifically aimed at companies and institutions engaged in livestock production (dairy, beef, sheep, pigs, poultry); animal health and welfare; agricultural technology and digital systems (remote sensing, processing of satellite data in relation to biodiversity and nature), circular agriculture and manure technology systems.
This tour offers participants the opportunity to learn about the state of play in Irelands agricultural industry, its challenges and opportunities and to meet the key players in agri-tech, research and development in order to collaborate, build networks and strengthen ties with Ireland.
A preliminary programme is available below but note this will be further developed in the coming months. We are also happy to take into account the input of participating companies with enough prior notice. The program below is subject to change.
Monday June 19th
• Outward flight from the Netherlands to Dublin
• Introductory Dinner
Tuesday June 20th
• Bus from Dublin to University College Dublin’s (UCD) Research Farm at Lyons Estate, Co. Kildare
• Introduction to the agri tech tour
• Introduction to the Irish agricultural industry – challenges and opportunities
• Introduction to AgTech UCD & AgTech Ireland
• Guest Speakers & Farm Overview
• Networking Event
Wednesday June 21st
• Bus from hotel (TBC) to Ag Tech Ireland Members Businesses (TBC)
• Company visits – 2/3 companies
• Return to Dublin Airport
More information and registration
Spaces for this tour are limited and will be offered on a first come first serve basis. Costs for travel to Ireland and accommodation are at the expense of the participant.
If you would like more information or have any questions about this tour or would like to indicate your interest to participate in this tour, please contact Aoife Feeney, Agricultural Advisor at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Dublin: dub-lnv [at] minbuza [dot] nl (subject: Agri%20Tech%20Tour%20%2D%20Ireland) ( )