IRTA is a public research institution of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food of the regional Government of Catalonia, Spain. IRTA's mission is to contribute to the modernization, competitiveness and sustainable development of agriculture, food and aquaculture, to the supply of safe and quality food for consumers sectors and, in general, to the improvement of population welfare.

IRTA has a project portfolio in force which are funded by Autonomic, National or International Agencies. In addition, part of the R+D activity is financed by the private sector through contractual research. IRTA gives technical assistance and specialized advice to groups, companies and representatives from the sectors in which it carries out its activity. Furthermore, IRTA undertakes specialized training by organizing courses, seminars and field demonstrations for farmers, advisers and other stakeholders.