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Ireland: A celebration of the humble Fingal spud at the World Potato Congress

Fingal is famous for its spuds and local producers as well as some of the county’s big food companies will be participating in the 11th World Potato Congress which, for the first time, is being held in Ireland, from May 30 to June 2.

As John Manning reports for the Independent, hosting this unique, global event was a major coup for the Irish Potato Federation who competed with several other countries to win a highly competitive bid in 2018. The four-day event in Dublin’s RDS will feature more than 60 speakers and is set to be attended by up to one thousand delegates from over 60 countries.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D. who will officially open the Congress said: “It is a great privilege for Ireland to host this unique event, and to be seen once again as a global leader on the agri-food stage.

“Seeing leaders in the global potato sector come to Ireland is a testimony to the industry we have here. The potato industry, like many others, has undergone changes and challenges over the last number of years, but central to the success of our sector has been our commitment to quality and dedication to excellence. “

Source: Independent. Read the full story here
Photo: Michael Hoey, President, Irish Potato Federation; Tara McCarthy, CEO, Bord Bia; Charlie McConalogue, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, launching the 11th World Potato Congress. Credit Independent

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