Europe, UK, Ireland, News March 2024, Organizations in the News, Weather/Climate

Compensation sought for flood-impacted potato growers in Ireland

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) is to seek immediate compensation from the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM) for flood-impacted potato growers, who were unable to harvest significant proportions of their 2023 crops.

As Richard Halleron reports for Agriland, according to an IFA survey, 650 acres of crop planted out last year remains in the ground. This equates to 3.6% of the area sown out in potatoes last year.

The organisation’s Potato Committee chair, Sean Ryan, commented: “Frost in January would have destroyed a large proportion of the crops. What’s more, potato growers will want to get spring cereal crops established on this land as a matter of priority.

“So the Department of Agriculture must act quickly in making available compensation measures to those potato growers now facing major losses through no fault of their own.”

The matter was discussed in detail at an IFA National Potato Committee meeting, held last week.

Source: Agriland. Read the full story here
Photo: Attending the IFA national potato meeting, held in north Co. Dublin (l-r): Robert Malone, IFA; Marina and Stephen Hatton, from Co. Wexford. Credit Agriland
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