POST Online Media Lite Edition


Minister McConalogue re-affirms his commitment to Irish seed potato sector

Christian Fernsby |
As a result of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and following the end of the Brexit transition period on 1st January 2021, the import of seed potatoes from Britain into the EU is prohibited under EU Plant Health Regulations.

Article continues below

These Regulations apply to all EU countries where it is illegal to import seed potatoes from Great Britain for propagation purposes.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue T.D. today held a constructive meeting with members of the IFA’s potato committee to examine how all players in the sector can help revive the domestic seed potato sector. Following the meeting, the Minister said,

“I thank the IFA for the constructive meeting with me and my officials today [January 20]. The seed potato sector is one that I am a strong supporter of. It is a sector with great potential, and I am committed to seeing it growing again and being restored to its heyday.”

Minister McConalogue said he is anxious to see a return of a domestic commercial seed potato sector and has urged all players in the industry to play their part: “I will offer as much support as possible in developing the seed potato sector, however, further expansion of the seed area must be industry-led. This means a commitment by potato growers to those investing in seed production.”

Minister McConalogue also said he is looking at how his own Department can invest in the sector to help its further development.

What to read next

Great concerns about EU seed potato trade with UK
Potatoes NZ request Emergency Measures to ban EU imports
Ireland: Minister McConalogue announces significant step in sheepmeat access to China