Agriculture and Horticulture
When we think of Agriculture we automatically think of farming. But Agriculture is not just confined to farming. This sector of our economy is linked to everything from the clothes we wear to the food we eat and drink.
The agri-food sector is one of Ireland's most important indigenous industries, employing in the region of 50,000 people directly, as well as providing the primary outlet for the produce of 128,000 family farms. The sector accounts for half of purchased Irish goods and services by the manufacturing industry and just over half of exports by indigenous manufacturing industries.
With the growth in outdoor recreation, Agri-Tourism offers an alternative revenue stream for many farmers who are supplying professional tourist services in rural settings in activities such as horse-riding, fishing, golfing, sailing and hill-walking. NSAI and other certification bodies offer Eco-labelling for Eco-Tourism.
Standards in this area are broad and provide guidance on buildings and structures in agriculture, the manufacturing of equipment used in agriculture and farming, and other areas relating to farm activities.
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