The vegetable price war between German and Irish multiple retailers has ruined what should be one of the best weeks of the year for Irish producers, according to Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Martin Ferris TD.
“Producers are contacting me about this price war which is destroying the Christmas market for them, when this should be one of the best weeks of the year for Irish vegetable growers,” he said.
“This is also a disaster for the small local vegetable shop, which cannot hope to compete when the retail giants go to war.
“The German multiples and some Irish ones too are charging almost nothing for imported vegetables. In those circumstances, the growers are being squeezed out of the market. This farming sector is one of those that has managed to survive the economic disaster of the crash. It should be supported by government and protected against this kind of practice.
“Everyone knows that if a supermarket is charging below cost for one product, it is making its profit on other lines, but it is very tempting when people are hard pressed financially to go for the cheaper vegetables.
“I would appeal to people to buy Irish and remember that our indigenous farming industry is the backbone of our economy and should be supported.”