Enterprise & Tourism

Enterprise & Tourism

Agri-diversification

Austrian delegation visit West Cork agri-diversification project

SECAD Partnership works with farmers and farm families through enterprise training and capital assistance programmes to enable farmers to upskill, and to diversify activities on or off farm. Farmers possess a unique set of skills and resources which often make them well suited to enterprise development.

Farm families are supported to recognise their skills and resources and access information and tools required to develop new approaches to enterprise development and to assist in the practical implementation of their enterprise idea.

Such supports empower farmers to consider options regarding their farm business, to diversify operations or adding value to their current outputs eg. through agri-tourism, routes to market for existing products, the development of value added food products and renewable energy etc.

Social Farming

Social Farming offers activity on family farms as a form of social support service. In Social Farming the farm remains a working farm at its core but invites people to participate in the day to day activities of the farm.

SECAD Partnership is currently working on exploring the potential for Social Farming in Cork. Social Farming would bring service providers and support organisations together to support people on farms. Typically organisations range from mental health and disability service providers, families, advocates groups, older people /dementia services, probation and justice services, youth services, and education providers. Critically, Social farming may offer progression and/or job support for people in need and provide an outlet for people in general with mental health challenges.

For more information, contact info@secad.ie or 021 461 34 32

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LEADER Food Initiative for Artisan, Micro and Small Food Producers

€15 million has been allocated nationally by the Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Dept of Rural and Community Development to the LEADER Food Initiative (Rural Development Programme 2014-2020). Expressions of Interest and full applications are now being accepted.

This initiative aims to support new and existing food and beverage producers to address emerging challenges through investment in areas such as (1) market development, (2) competitiveness, and (3) innovation.

Support for food producers, may include, but is not limited to, the following:
• Artisan, Micro and Small food producers, including those with a focus on collaborative proposals, aimed at production quality and market issues;
• Regional product development, including a focus on marketing distinctive local foodstuffs;
• Marketing and processing for strategically identified sectors, including honey and apple processors;
• Improved marketing, product quality and business skills through support for innovative collaborative processes and so address challenges to co-operation identified in studies on facilitating short supply chains e.g. entry barriers, the need for shared understanding, skills/training, and marketing and business skills deficits.

How to apply
Applications are managed through the LEADER LAGs with applications being processed by the LEADER Implementing partners and recommendations made by the LCDC’s to the DAFM and DRCD. Qualifying projects seeking between €5,000 and €200,000 in grant aid are eligible to apply.

The Implementing Partner for LEADER / LEADER Food in South and West Cork is SECAD Partnership CLG.

For further Information and to make an Application

Contact:

Ross Curley (West Cork based projects) rcurley@secad.ie

OR

Katie Kearns (South Cork based food projects) kkearns@secad.ie

Contact SECAD on 021-4613432
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Contact

SECAD Partnership CLG
Midleton Community Enterprise Centre, Owennacurra Business Park,
Knockgriffin, Midleton, Co. Cork, P25 Y893

+353 21 4613432

info@secad.ie