New study aims to create AgTech cluster in the west

A new study is being carried out by the Local Enterprise Offices with a view to supporting job creation and retention in the AgTech sector in the West of Ireland. The study is being conducted across counties Mayo, Galway and Roscommon as part of the Regional Enterprise Plan.

The study aims to discover what supports could be provided to accelerate growth of businesses in this sector in the three counties.

A number of significant opportunities exist in the AgTech space – including the opportunity to network companies which are currently operating separately, to increase productivity in this sector and to explore the potential of collaboration across the West of Ireland and beyond.

AgTech is a growing sector but there is no clear picture of the landscape and what these companies might need in order to develop and scale. This examination of Agri companies aims to assess the feasibility of creating a network across Mayo, Galway and Roscommon to help companies to work together and to identify opportunities.

The scoping study being undertaken by the Local Enterprise Offices in Mayo, Galway and Roscommon will explore the three county’s AgTech capacity, profiling the companies working in the sector, their current activity, export potential and numbers of jobs supported. It also aims to determine the types of supports the Local Enterprise Office network offers to Agri companies in areas such as Agri tech, engineering and interactive farming products.

Want to get involved?

LEO Mayo is calling on Agri companies across the West to get in touch if they are interested in taking part in this study. Involvement will include a visit from a Business Development Advisor to build up an overall picture of the sector – along with the challenges and opportunities faced by these businesses.

The information gathered through this process will help map out the activities of the AgTech sector in the region and examine the possibility of tailored development programmes to increase scale in existing companies and help identify start-ups in the AgTech space.

John Magee, Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Mayo says: ‘Building a network of businesses in different sectors has shown to be a very successful way of improving the environment for all. Businesses now have the opportunity to share ideas and address common problems which may be difficult for any one business to tackle on its own. Mayo has a strong reputation of being a world leader in the manufacturing and innovation of agricultural products. We want to support more businesses in this sector to compete at this level.’

For more information

Companies interested in getting involved in this process can contact 094-9062499, or email