The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is a multi-functional organisation which provides a wide range of services directly and also through specialist state agencies operating under its aegis.
The Department has a wide and diverse customer base which includes farmers, taxpayers consumers, food processors and other commercial operators, those involved in sea fishing, forestry, bio-energy, research as well as diverse EU institutions, other State Bodies and special interest groups.
The Department’s mission is to lead the sustainable development of the agri-food and marine sector and to optimise its contribution to national economic development and the natural environment.
In carrying out its mandate the Department undertakes a variety of functions including:
- Policy advice and development on all areas of Departmental responsibility;
- Representation in international - especially EU - and national negotiations.;
- Development and implementation of national and EU schemes in support of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Forestry and Rural Environment;
- Monitoring and controlling aspects of Food Safety;
- Control and audit of public expenditure under its control;
- Regulation of the agriculture, fisheries, and food industries through national and EU legislation;
- Monitoring and controlling animal and plant health and animal welfare;
- Monitoring and direction of State Bodies engaged in the following areas
- research training and advice
- market development and promotion
- industry regulation and development
- commercial activities;
- Direct provision of support services to Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Forestry.