Delegates to this year’s ENAJ combined delegate meeting and EU ministers’ conference will enjoy a busy but valuable weekend, according to the draft agenda which has now been published.
Organised jointly by ENAJ and DG AGRI, journalist members from 17 member states of the European Union will benefit from several opportunities to take home plenty of copy to give their readers an insight into current topics in Irish agriculture. Visits have been arranged to leading farms, both commercial and research. Sustainable intensification will also be on the agenda, with Teagasc, the Irish agricultural advisory and research service, hosting a seminar on carbon reduction in the Irish livestock sector.
“Perhaps the most valuable part of the trip will be the opportunity to interview and discuss agricultural topics with the EU’s farming ministers themselves,” says Adrian Bell, ENAJ communications officer. “It really is a good opportunity to buttonhole either your own minister or someone from another country, to talk to them informally or to conduct an interview.
“Delegates will also be able to attend the press conference immediately following the conclusion of the informal meeting.”
Attendees will, perhaps unsurprisingly, enjoy sampling Ireland’s renowned food and drink – not to mention its hospitality. Generous sponsorship from two of Ireland’s biggest food and drink players – Bord Bia, the Irish food board, and Glanbia, Ireland’s largest dairy company – has allowed ENAJ to host dinners on both nights of the trip.
A report of the event will follow.