Minister opens organic centre

A new €1.5 million processing and distribution centre for organic food was officially opened by Food Minister Noel Treacy in Cahir, Co Tipperary, yesterday.

He said the Good Herdsmen processing centre, whose staff of eleven people will grow to twenty in the year ahead, shows how the organic sector offers major commercial opportunities.

Minister Treacy complimented the joint owners of the company, Josef Finke and John Purcell, for their “great vision and leadership in developing this facility.”

He described the enterprise as a success story by any standards, with the difference being that this time the success story is about organic food and farming.

“It is further evidence that this is the time for the organic sector to be recognised as part of mainstream agriculture,” he said.

Minister Treacy welcomed the fact that the construction of the new centre was partly funded by the Department of Agriculture and Food, under the scheme of grant aid for the development of the organic sector.

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