The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD has announced the launch of a new mobile website for the Department, which can be accessed at http://m.agriculture.gov.ie
The new service provides better mobile access to the more popular areas of the main website. The service has been designed to work better across a range of modern mobile devices and it will automatically link into the main website when greater detail is required.
The Minister also announced a promotion campaign to coincide with the National Ploughing Championships, to encourage greater uptake of the Department’s online services and free text messaging service. Information on both of these services will be available at the Department’s stand at the National Ploughing Championship for the duration of the event. The online services website www.agfood.ie provides registered users with a number of services including Calf Registration, online herd register, SPS applications and maps, and Nitrates information.
The Minister added: “Over 65,000 SPS applications have been submitted online this year and the system of in-built validations significantly reduces the numbers of errors that can be made, thereby ultimately leading to speedier payment and reduced form filling for farmers.”
The Department launched a mobile text messaging service earlier this year and it has been used successfully to notify those who have signed up for important issues and deadlines. Over 90,000 customers have already registered for this free service and anyone who wishes to sign up can do so by completing a simple form at the Department’s stand at the Ploughing Championships or at any time by completing the registration form available on the Department’s website at http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/mobileupdates/