Written answers

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Agriculture Industry

Photo of Fergus O'DowdFergus O'Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael)
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484. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a response will issue in relation to queries raised by an organisation (details supplied) in respect of the treatment of potato crops; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39053/21]

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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The queries referred to, concerning the treatment of potato crops, are currently being considered. A response to the queries will be issued shortly.

The Department recognises that there are challenges for the potato industry and that, in particular, there are challenges relating to procedures for the effective desiccation of crops. A number of actions have been taken to support growers. These actions include support for haulm toppers under the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme and wide-ranging engagement by Teagasc to provide growers with detailed information on how best to manage crops.

Teagasc will continue their research and advisory work in this area and will continue to work closely with industry representatives and with growers.

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