Sari Essayah appointed as Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

20.6.2023 15.03

Prime Minister Petteri Orpo's Government was appointed on 20.6.2023. Sari Essayah will serve as Minister of Agriculture and Forestry in the new Government.

Joint Statement of Forestry Ministers: Comprehensive sustainability of forest management requires that local conditions are taken into account

27.9.2023 15.19
Peter Kullgren, Sari Essayah, Irena Šinko, Norbert Totschnig
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Sari Essayah participated in the meeting of the For Forest Group composed of the forest ministers of the most forested EU countries in Austria on 25–26 September. At the meeting, the ministers responsible for forestry of Austria, Slovenia, Sweden and Finland signed a joint statement on the EU forest policy. 

Leena Räsänen appointed Director General of the Finnish Food Authority

21.9.2023 13.29
Ms Leena Räsänen.
The Government has appointed Leena Räsänen, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, as Director General of the Finnish Food Authority from 8 October 2023 to 7 October 2028. The current Director General Antti-Jussi Oikarinen will retire. A total of 16 persons applied for the post by the deadline of 24 July 2023.

Cuisine takes Finland to world stage

18.9.2023 5.00
Jade Klaasen, Chef and Catering and Housekeeping Supervisor at the Embassy of Finland in Pretoria, South Africa visited Helsinki last year to learn about Finnish food, culinary culture and ways to reduce food waste and loss. Photo: Taina Saahko
The Finnish Chef Association has published Finnish food recipes (‘Suomiruoka-reseptiikka’) to promote Finland’s country branding and food exports. The recipes will serve Finnish embassies and missions around the world and those organising international meetings and events in Finland. When ready, the material will be freely available to everyone. The material was produced under an agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

EU celebrates Organic Day for second time

19.9.2023 8.00
The EU Member States will celebrate the European Organic Day in various ways around the autumn equinox. The staff of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will enjoy an organic breakfast on 25 September, and will invite the staff of the European Commission Representation in Finland and representatives of the National Nutrition Council, ProLuomu and Finnish Organic Association to join them.

Government proposal to ban salmon fishing in River Tenojoki to Parliament

17.11.2022 13.25
The government proposal to ban salmon fishing in the River Tenojoki (Tana) in 2023 was submitted to Parliament at the government plenary session on Thursday 17 November 2022. Salmon fishing in the River Tenojoki is to be prohibited in order to enable the recovery of the salmon stocks.

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Rural Development Programme

Rural Development Programme is a tool for making the Finnish countryside a better place to live in.

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Cadastral system and surveying

The cadastral register and the title and mortgage register are maintained through land survey operations and registration decisions.

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National Forest Strategy

Finland’s National Forest Strategy specifies the main objectives for forest-based business and activities until 2035.

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The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry steers the policy on sustainable use of natural resources. Legislative work is carried out as part of the Finnish Government and the EU institutions and decision-making.

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Administrative sector

Administrative sector

The administrative sector touches upon the everyday life of the Finns in various ways, in both work and leisure. The objective of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is to create and maintain the preconditions for sustainable and diversified use of renewable natural resources. The Ministry steers both the use of natural resources and research in the sector.

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Sari Essayah
Sari Essayah
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry