The Food Directorate is one of the eight Directorates in AFA that was established in August 2014 pursuant to section 11 of AFFA Act 2013, with a mandate to regulate all the scheduled food crops which are broadly categorized into three;

  1. Cereals
  2. Legumes
  3. Roots and Tubers.

The Directorate has developed the Crops (Irish Potato) Regulations, 2019 and the Crops (Food Crops) Regulations, 2019. These were gazetted and acceded to by Parliament to enable the Directorate facilitate regulation, promotion and development of the subsector in consultation with County Governments.


To be a World Class Regulator in the Agriculture Sector


To sustainably develop and promote scheduled crops value chains through effective regulation for economic growth

Core Values

  • Customer focus
  • Teamwork
  • Integrity
  • Innovativeness
  • Professionalism