Irish crops in jeopardy after farmers are hit by bad weather and falling prices

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has warned that the poor conditions in Ireland during the past couple of months have destroyed EUR15m (£13.5m) worth of potatoes and fresh produce, with 6,000 acres of potatoes left unharvested.

IFA national potato committee vice-chairman Thomas Carpenter said: "This situation is a wipe out for growers who endured a very difficult season with low prices for their produce, rising input costs and the worst weather for years."

He added that, depending on how quickly temperatures rise and ground conditions improve, growers may find that they have no crop to harvest.

"The losses will result in a 20% drop in marketable produce and retailers must respond immediately by paying a viable price to producers for crop in store."

The IFA said the situation regarding crops such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflowers, carrots and celery was being monitored.

 

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