Both Teagasc and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue are confirming that Brexit will impact negatively on the quantities of seed potato that Irish growers can import from the UK. However, the upside to such a development is the opportunity it will create for new and existing seed potato growers in Ireland to expand their operations, as producers seek to meet all of their seed requirements from locally-produced supplies.
The minister said: “I am keen to see the potato seed sector develop and progress. Ireland’s potato industry is a critical element of our agri-food sector and has proven itself to be very resilient. Brexit is a further challenge, particularly in the context of seed potatoes. Following Brexit there has been exchanges with colleagues in the UK and the EU on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) equivalence, particularly where seed potatoes are concerned,” he added.
The minister went on to point out that, in a post-Brexit scenario, there are opportunities to increase the supply of Irish grown seed potatoes, pointing out that his department is now engaging with all relevant stakeholders to raise awareness around these matters.
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