Many Irish potato farmers “will be forced out of business” unless the prices charged by farmers are increased, according to the Irish Farmers’ Association.
As Robert Besser reports for Big News Network, Irish Farmers’ Association president Tim Cullinan said commercial potato farming is “simply not viable” this year due to increased land rentals, fertilizer, fuel, and storage costs, as reported by the Irish Examiner.
“The mood among potato farmers is at an all-time low, and we are facing an exodus similar to the vegetable sector if action is not taken urgently,” Cullinan said.
Meanwhile, Sean Ryan, chair of the national potato committee, warned that the upcoming potato season is “hanging in the balance because of a broken food chain.”
Source: Big News Network. Full story here