Peat shortage impacts horticulture sector

Officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Enterprise, Climate and Communications addressed the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture this week on the Impact of peat shortages on the horticulture industry.


The IFA claim that the Departments put forward no workable solutions during the meeting.


The members suggested that the three relevant Ministers address the committee next week with the IFA wanting this meeting to take place as soon as possible.


It was proposed that the importation of peat would be part of the short-term solution. However Farm officials have described this move as flying in the face of the Climate Action policy.


IFA believes that the relevant Ministers (Horticulture, Environment and Housing) and the Government do not appreciate the catastrophic situation facing the horticultural industry due to the prohibition on peat harvesting in Ireland.