The potato industry in Ireland is a volatile sector, with small increases in potato consumption. O’Shea Farms is one of Ireland’s largest suppliers of the product in the country. The family run business, which has evolved and changed many times over the years, is now venturing into sweet potatoes – through local collaboration – to keep up with consumer trends.
While the project is in the early stages, the long-term plan is to plant sweet potato crops under glass, after early-season potatoes.
Tom Murray – agronomist with O’Shea farms – showed AgriLand the company’s first sweet potato crop in Kildalton during harvesting this November and told us about plans for the future with European crops.