Bord Bia announces growth in export sales of Irish food & drink
This week Bord Bia announced record export sales of Irish food & drink internationally of over 11 billion euro in 2016. It is the 7th successive year of growth in the value of sales - despite the effective wiping of 500 million euro of sales to the UK in the 2nd half of the year, representing a 41 per cent growth in exports since 2010. Are the primary producers, farmers getting a kick back? Joining Damien on the line are Edmund Phelan, beef farmer in Co Waterford & ICSA beef committee chairman & Liam Dunne, a tillage farmer from Kildare & IFA grain committee chairman.
More than three quarters of businesses in Ireland are family owned but less than a third actually make it through to the next generation. But what about a family business that has made it through, not only the second, third generation but the fourth? Brenda Donohue visited one such business in Loughrea, Co. Galway - McInerneys General Merchants Store.
Alan Matthews, Professor Emeritus of Euro Agri Policy in Dept of Economics, TCD
European farmers receive almost 60 billion euro in subsidies from Brussels annually - Irish farmers share around 1.5 billion euro of this with the vast majority dependent on this farm support to make a living as the commodities they produce are sold far below cost of production. However in the EU Parliament a leading expert on the Common Agricultural Policy warned that the days of uniform, area based payments paid to farmers have no place in a modern agricultural policy.
The GAA social initiative began 9 years ago to help combat people living alone & in isolation in rural areas. Damien goes to Cavan to speak to Tom Reilly there, whose project 'Keep the Home fires burning' a spin off of the GAA social initiative in West Cavan, to also tackle rural isolation.
Ian McDonagh - BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition
The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition concludes later today in the RDS. In studio with Damien is a student who is taking part for the second year in a row, Ian McDongah, is a 15 year old 3rd year student from Merlin College in Galway, to tell us about his 'scientific investigation of the cures & folkways of the Irish Traveller'.