Meat Industry Ireland (MII) has welcomed the recent launch of the Teagasc Signpost Farms programme.
The Signpost Programme–Farmers for Climate Action, was officially launched on Tuesday, 18 May.
This Teagasc led initiative is a partnership of almost 40 companies and organisations from the Irish agri-food sector, along with Irish farmers, that have come together for climate action, to meet the challenge of climate change.
This programme will be a key enabler for the Irish agri-food sector to provide solutions to the climate challenge and to demonstrate the potential for mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the adoption of innovations and best practices, MII said.
Commenting on the launch, Cormac Healy, MII senior director, said, “MII members are pleased to support this important initiative, both financially and through close collaboration with Teagasc and the Signpost farmers.
"While Ireland is already a world leader in sustainable beef and lamb production the sector acknowledges that it must continue to improve its sustainability credentials," he said.
Healy noted that the Signpost Farms programme will demonstrate that the widespread adoption of measures such as animal breeding, animal health, reduced age of slaughter and other technologies can help the sector reduce emissions and further underpin sustainability.
“MII members already provide significant financial support to animal health initiatives through Animal Health Ireland. Our members’ funding of the Signpost Farms programme further demonstrates the meat processing sector’s commitment to ensuring that agriculture is part of the solution to the challenge of climate change,” Healy added.
According to Teagasc, the Signpost programme is a multi-annual campaign to lead climate action by all Irish farmers.
The programmes aims to achieve early progress in reducing gaseous emissions from Irish agriculture and also improve water quality, maintain and in some cases improving bio-diversity, reduce costs and create more profitable and sustainable farming enterprises, the group added.
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