Growing Media Ireland angry over government response to horticultural sector crisis

Growing Media Ireland (GMI) has said actions proposed by the government to support horticultural growers “will cause environmental catastrophe and job losses”. GMI chairperson John Neenan: “We are outraged at the government’s response to the horticultural peat crisis as the working group’s report recommendations have been completely ignored. The so-called ‘series of actions‘ from the government will have severe environmental consequences with Ireland now fully reliant on importing large shipments all the way from the Baltic.”

Approximately 60% of the value of Irish horticulture is currently dependent on peat with the mushroom, amenity and soft fruit sectors being most reliant, according to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.


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