Irish growers warn 'use us or lose us' as shortages sweep shelves

Irish growers have warned the public to “use us or lose us” — as veg aisles empty across Ireland as growing issues in Spain and Northern Africa cause disruption to the supply to imported produce.

David Currid, one of just a handful of glasshouse tomato growers in Ireland, is the chairman of the Quality Green Producer Organisation, which represents several of the major commercial glasshouse growers in Ireland.

He warned that the issue of food security for fresh fruit and vegetables could be further exacerbated if local growers aren’t supported and paid more for their produce.

Over the last 12 months, several Irish veg growers — both on a large and smaller scale — have told the Irish Examiner that year would be their last harvest as prices paid failed to keep up with the spiralling cost of inputs. However, it has been a trend seen across Northern Europe.


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