Dublin Conference to Outline ‘Rivers’ Policy

Irish  Farming Independent  30th August 2011

The  three-day international conference “Catchment Science 2011” has been launched  by Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney.

The conference will be in the Mansion House, Dublin, on September 14-16 and  is aimed at scientists, policy makers, farmers and land managers. It is jointly hosted by Teagasc, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the  Marine and the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

There are six catchments in the Agricultural Catchments Programme, which is  based on a partnership with farmers and other stakeholders, and aims to support  productive agriculture while protecting water quality. The programme integrates advice and research and operates in small river  catchments of 600-2,500ha. mThe programme, funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine  and run by Teagasc, is implemented by a team of researchers, advisers and  technicians working closely with farmers.

The advisers provide an intensive advisory and planning service to farmers in  the catchments to improve the profitability of the farms and help the farmers to  implement the Good Agricultural Practice measures contained in the National  Action Programme.

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