Bord Bia works for both small and large producers; for small producers by promoting and certifying farmers’ markets, and for bigger producers by offering a great range of international marketing services.
Entrepreneurs with ambitious export targets might be interested in the Food Works programme that is run in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc. This programme starts in April each year and provides a structure to explore your idea and develop it to a business plan designed to secure external investment.
Bord Iascaigh Mhara
Bord Iascaigh Mhara helps to develop the Irish Seafood Industry by providing technical expertise, business support, funding, training and promoting responsible environmental practice.
The Rural Social Scheme (RSS)
The Rural Social Scheme (RSS) is aimed at low-income farmers and fishermen/women. To qualify for the RSS you must be getting a social welfare payment. In return, people participating in the RSS provide services that benefit rural communities.
The Department of Social Protection has overall responsibility for policy in relation to the Rural Social Scheme, including eligibility criteria. The Department monitors the implementation of the RSS and supports the various bodies that manage the RSS locally. The Department may also inspect any Scheme and visit projects. At a local level, the Scheme is managed by implementing bodies such as local development companies and in the Gaeltacht areas, by Údarás na Gaeltachta.
Farm Assist is a special means tested income support scheme available to farm families when their income falls below a certain threshold. Qualification for Farm Assist can also lead to the farmer becoming eligible for the Rural Social scheme.
Fish Assist is a means tested income available to self-employed fisherman that qualifies for jobseeker’s allowance e.g. must be available for and genuinely seeking work and satisfies a means test.
Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority
Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority – is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities.
Teagasc provide training and advisory services to promote and sustain a range of enterprise development in rural areas. Specialist advisers provide start-up training for those establishing new enterprises and training and advice for those who are up and running.