Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Department of Agriculture, Marine and Food
Dominic Hannigan (Meath East, Labour)
Question 567: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason Bord Bia refuses to give out the details of flower growers here to flower shops; his views that this practice is hindering the growth of a domestic flower industry; if he will engage with Bord Bia and the Data Protection Commissioner to allow flower growers’ details to be passed on to flower shops; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9426/12]
Simon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
In the past, Bord Bia used to publish the ‘Blue Book’ which listed all the major producers and service providers to the Horticultural industry. In 2011, the Growtrade Sourcebook was published by Mediateam Ltd which was supported by Bord Bia. It is Ireland’s new directory of horticultural businesses with more than 2,000 listings across production (including cut flowers, pot plant and bedding plant producers), retail and services sectors. The information in the source book is also searchable online at www.growtrade.ie . This is the obvious source of information for florists who wish to source Irish produced flowers.