IHNSA Trolley Fairs Officially Begins the Season

The Irish Hardy Nursery Stock Association (IHNSA) Trolley is taking place today in Whites Agri Premises Lusk, Co. Dublin. The annual fairs bring together key industry leaders and it is an excellent opportunity to showcase Irish produce and to combat the importation of nursery produce.

The IHNSA Trolley Fair supported by IFA and Bord Bia, offers traders a chance to meet growers and industry experts. The event marks the start of hardy nursey stock trade and it is highly regarded in the industry.

The IHNSA Chair Val Farrell has called on all garden centres and retailers to support the Irish Amenity Sector. He said the amenity sector is an important indigenous sector worth €100 million at the farm gate.

“There are many challenges facing the industry at present such as substrate availability, spiralling input costs and staff shortages. Over the past three years the combined inputs have risen by on average 32% for the sector,” Val Farrell said.  Read Teagasc’s Horticulture Crop Input Prices Report here.

“The importance and potential of the Irish amenity horticultural sector is recognised in the National Horticulture Strategy, all actors in the chain must come together if the ambition to grow the sector is to be achieved,” he said.

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