1b help for Irish potato farmers

THE Government is providing some $1.1 billion to assist farmers under its Irish Potato Expansion Programme to meet a target of 1,200 hectares of production. Support to boost the production of Irish potato will be in the form of a $48.3-million grant and more than $700 million of input, including extension services, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, JC Hutchinson has disclosed. More