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first_imgThe announcement by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney of a €241 million development programme for the seafood sector up to 2020 is a major boost for Donegal, said Deputy Dinny McGinley.Dinny McGinleyThe investment package will provide capital to assist seafood enterprises to grow their production and add value to seafood exports.“I believe that the seafood industry has a massive contribution to make to Ireland’s economic revival, especially in coastal and peripheral areas. This investment will help our seafood sector to realise its potential. “Our seafood is sourced from the wild Atlantic, it is reckoned to be the best in Europe, if not in the world. While our seafood industry makes a significant economic contribution, there is still significant scope to expand it further.“Minister Coveney has said the seafood sector is worth around €850 million annually to the economy, with the potential to grow to €1 billion by 2020. This is hugely exciting.”He added that the progress made in the agriculture sector should serve as an example for our seafood sector.“Irish beef has been marketed successfully as a high end product. The branding of Irish beef coupled with high quality and safety standards has been instructive in Ireland becoming the only European country whose beef is imported in the American and Chinese markets. “There is no reason why our fish product should not enjoy the same status as our premium beef. If we succeed in having our fish packaged, processed here and sold throughout the world as a premium product, it could make a huge economic and employment contribution to our coastal areas”SEAFOOD PACKAGE IS MAJOR BOOST TO DONEGAL – McGINLEY was last modified: March 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Dinny McGinleydonegalseafoodlast_img

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