Teagasc will run two organic courses on organic production in January.

The courses will take place in Teagasc Ballyhaise and Teagasc Portlaoise and are each scheduled to run over four days.

According to Teagasc, on completion of the course, participants will be proficient in:
■ Interpretation of organic standards
■ The principles of organic production
■ Assessing economic viability and market opportunities

According to Teagasc, the organic market offers a viable opportunity for both the Irish farm and food sectors.

However, it says that it is very important that any farmer who considers producing an organic product should first of all identify a suitable processor who will provide an outlet for the product. It is also important to discuss production plans and to get some commitment from the processor that it is possible to sell this product into the future.

The 25-hour FETAC Level 5 courses are an introduction to organic production and these courses qualify applicants to the 2015 Organic Farming Scheme.

Teagasc, Ballyhaise will run its course on January 13, 21 and 27 and February 4.

Teagasc, Portlaoise will run its course on January 22 and 29 and February 5 and 12.

All courses run from 10am – 5pm and run for the full four days. The course fee is €220 and pre-booking is essential.

Further information is available from Helen McNulty, Teagasc, Athenry ([email protected]) or 091-845217.