All eyes focus on Tipperary in Agricultural Science Association climate change debate

Climate change and its impact on Irish agriculture will come under the spotlight at an Agricultural Science Association forum in Co Tipperary next Monday.
All eyes focus on Tipperary in Agricultural Science Association climate change debate

Four of Ireland’s leading experts will share their views on what climate change target compliance could mean for Ireland’s agri-food sector.

The event, sponsored by the Department of Agriculture’s climate change and bio-energy division, will be held at the Horse and Jockey Hotel.

It will focus on the far-reaching implications for the agri-food sector.

It will also highlight what is being done to build climate resilient food production systems and reduce emissions.

The forum will be the first opportunity since the Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) for ASA members and others involved in the industry to learn more about its outcomes and what they will mean for Irish agriculture.

John Muldowney, climate change and bio-energy division, the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine; Oisín Coghlan, director, Friends of The Earth; Paul Nolan, Irish Centre for High-End Computing; and Pat Murphy, head of environmental knowledge transfer in Teagasc, will be the panelists.

ASA vice-president Mary Delaney said the purpose of the forum will be to build awareness of climate change among those who are working in Irish agriculture while, at the same time, creating a platform for meaningful debate.

“This is an opportunity for people from right across the world of agriculture to come together to discuss current research and to investigate what climate change target compliance can mean for the agri-food sector in Ireland as it strives to increase production in line with Food Wise 2025 objectives,” she said.

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