Kerry County Council’s Taste Kerry initiative – which seeks to establish local food and produce networks and branding – is to receive funding under the CEDRA Rural Innovation and Development Fund.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, announced over 400,000 euro in funding this year from his Department for initiatives to promote and develop agri-food tourism projects in rural areas.
Agri-food tourism is the practice of visiting agricultural to sample local or regional produce.
Agri-tourism includes a wide variety of activities such as staying on a farm, participation in agricultural endeavours or buying produce direct from a farm or market.
Minister Creed awarded funding of €445,000 across agri-food tourism initiatives, developed by local authorities in rural areas, following a competitive process under the Commission for the Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA).
The applications received were assessed by an Evaluation Committee; comprising members from the Department of Agriculture, Bord Bia and Fáilte Ireland.
Part funding, based on vouched expenditure, has been made available to 13 projects.
These include Taste Kerry which is set to receive €37,310.
Minister Creed said such initiatives provide opportunities for farmers, producers and artisans to develop their market produce and brands, connect with the community and visitors to an area.