Urgent action and supports needed to protect our horticulture industry – Mac Lochlainn
Minister of State Andrew Doyle appeared before the Seanad last evening to hear statements concerning the horticulture industry in Ireland. Addressing the Minister, Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn made a number of recommendations.
The Senator from Donegal said:
“In order to give the horticulture industry the support it requires, I advocate the establishment of an all-Ireland horticulture forum, a ban on below cost selling of fresh produce, existing and new markets to be developed further and for the European Union to support and sustain the horticulture industry through subsidies if needed in order to protect the short to medium viability of the sector due to Brexit volatility.
“Brexit undoubtedly poses many challenges with 170 jobs and five businesses lost already. However, it certainly also creates big opportunities to develop the industry further. What we need to do is significantly decrease the over reliance of this sector on the UK market and broaden out.
“All those working in the industry for the contribution to our healthy lives and has called on Irish consumers to support Irish producers by buying Irish products and ensuring the Irish Horticulture survives the current period of volatility.”