THE Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. has announced the projects that will receive funding this year from his Department, under the CEDRA Rural Innovation and Development Fund, for initiatives to promote and develop agri-food tourism projects in rural areas.
Minister Creed said, “I am pleased to support a number of exciting initiatives across the country in the growing area of tourism linked to agriculture and food. Agri-food tourism provides an important focus for rural areas to showcase their landscape, history and culture through agricultural produce, food and drink, and local cuisine.
“It provides opportunities for farmers, producers and artisans to develop their market produce and brands, connect with the community and visitors to an area, and improve skills and best practice all within the wider backdrop of tourism. The synergies between agri-food and local tourism were highlighted in Food Wise 2025, and I am confident that providing funding for these projects developed by local authorities will bring significant opportunities for local communities.”
The Minister has awarded funding of up to €445,000 across thirteen separate agri-food tourism initiatives, developed by Local Authorities in rural areas, following a competitive process under the CEDRA Rural Innovation and Development Fund. The agri-food tourism projects also encompass local food, farmer and artisan market schemes that support local and seasonal food producers and artisan crafts.