Ireland: IFA demands Government intervention to end ‘unviable’ selling of potatoes

Potato farmers are threatened by rising costs and a falling share of the consumer price, a conference has heard. Irish Farmers’ Association president Eddie Downey believes market prices in the €80 million industry is “unsustainable” and farm gate prices must rise as growers’ incomes are “unviable”. Addressing the National Potato Conference in Dublin, he said retailers had making a mockery of the work and value of fresh vegetables with giveaway prices in the run-up to Christmas. “The Government has a responsibility to deliver retail regulation which will restore equity to the food supply chain,” he said. More