The Food Directorate was established in August 2014 pursuant to section 11(1) of Agriculture and Food Authority Act 2013, with a mandate to regulate, promote and develop 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 on May 2019 and April 2020 respectively to enable the Directorate to operationalize its mandate.


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