New national and regional organic action plans
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New organic action plans have been launched in the last months, IFOAM EU reports. In France, the organic action plan Ambition bio 2017 was launched by Minister Stéphane Le Foll in May. It provides for action along six strategic axes: agroenvironmental policies within the CAP to remunerate the environmental services provided by organic farms, water protection, public canteens, research, education and training. French IFOAM EU member Federation Nationale d’Agriculture Biologique (FNAB) welcomed the action plan, but called for more consistency in the overall agricultural policies in order to double the area under organic management in France in the next years.
Minister Antonio Di Carlo launched a strategic plan for the development of organic farming and consumption for the Walloon region in Belgium in June. The plan focuses on research, training and promotion, with a dedicated budget of two million euro. The objectives are to increase the number of organic farms from 1,100 to 1,750 and agricultural land under organic management from 7.5% of to 15% by 2020.
In August the Irish government launched the Irish Organic Farming Action Plan 2013-2015 with the following four main objectives: Increase the production base in Ireland, with a view to replacing imports with Irish organic produce where possible; promote awareness of the potential export market; develop sustainable export markets for Irish organic produce as supplies become available; and identify issues which are impeding the growth of the Organic Sector with an emphasis on developing solutions.
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