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IFA President Joe Healy has called on consumers and retailers to support the Irish strawberry sector – a vital indigenous industry worth €47m at farm gate, with 57 growers producing over 8,000 tonnes annually.

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IFA President Joe Healy said the EU Commission’s announcement on greater price transparency as part of bringing greater fairness to the food chain is another important step in the campaign to give farmers a bigger share of the final consumer price.

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Commenting in advance of the official launch of the report from the Oireachtas Joint Committee on climate action, IFA Horticulture Chairman Paul Brophy, has welcomed the recommendations regarding the expansion of the Irish Horticulture sector.

Agreeing with the findings of the report the chairman said there are opportunities for import substitution and farm diversification by directing increased resources to the sector. “For example, the expansion of our apple sector would both benefit the economy form reducing imports while also contributing to carbon sequestration. However, as the report pointed out there is a lack of investment in this area including the absence of a full time Teagasc advisor which has stymied its development”, he said.

The chairman added, that if the Irish Horticulture sector is to benefit commercially from the trend towards more plant-based diets then the government must implement policies to create a robust and sustainable sector. “To date the government has failed in this regard with its refusal to regulate against unsustainable discounting and to appoint an independent retail regulator to police the grocery market”, he said.

Paul Brophy concluded by acknowledging the positive contribution of the ‘Scheme of Investment Aid for the Development of The Commercial Horticulture Sector’ to the industry. “The scheme is essential for the continued development and competitiveness of Irish horticulture and must be continued indefinitely post 2019 with an increased budget allocation”, he said.


IHNSA chairman Val Farrell has called on all garden centres and retailers to support the Irish amenity sector. Speaking at today’s national trolley fair in the National Show Centre, Swords he said the amenity sector is an important indigenous sector, worth €72 million at farm gate of which nursery stocks account for €50m. The Chairman also urged consumers to support the sector by purchasing Irish grown plants.

The IHNSA in conjunction with IFA and Bord Bia held its first trolley fair of the season on March 5th. The event marks the start of the Irish nursery stock season and it is highly regarded in the industry. Bord Bia launched the “Value of the Garden Market Report” at the fair, it shows that the value of the amenity market has grown by 9%, currently standing at €795m.

Val Farrell is urging all garden centres and retailers to support the event. The fair brings together key industry leaders and it is an excellent opportunity to showcase Irish produce.

The IHNSA Trolley Fairs are supported by IFA and Bord Bia.

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IFA Grain Committee Chairman Mark Browne has welcomed the positive announcements by Quinn’s of Baltinglass and Dairygold regarding the pricing of the 2019 field beans crop.

He has called on all feed merchants to show a similar commitment to the home production of protein crops.

Mark Browne said that 2018 was a very difficult year for bean production due to a late spring followed by a summer drought. This resulted in a reduction in area of 40% from 2017, combined with yield reductions of up to 70% in some areas.

The IFA Grain Committee Chairman said, “These prices should encourage tillage farmers to consider beans despite last year’s poor crops and reinstall confidence in the sector.”

“Government support for protein crops in the form of coupled payments is vital for the viability of this sector and this must continue under both the current CAP and post-2020,” said Mark Browne.

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