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Assignment of Responsibilities under the
Public Service Management Act 1997




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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.