Senator Robbie Gallagher calls for Government Intervention for Struggling Mushroom Producers
Senator Gallagher has discussed the crisis situation following Brexit with representatives from the Mushroom Production Industry from across Ireland at a recent meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and Marine.
For the majority of Irish growers 100% of their produce is exported to the UK. As a result of Brexit the industry has been thrown into turmoil and growers are making a loss as a result of the sudden weakening of the Sterling.
At the Committee meeting Senator Gallagher pointed out;
“This is a particularly stressful time for those involved in the Mushroom production industry with external factors completely out of their control determining their future.”
“3,500 people across Ireland are employed in this industry, so the fact that this is a crisis situation cannot be over-emphasised. With 1,000 of this workforce employed in Monaghan, no county is more exposed to the fragility of the market.”
“It is imperative that the Government steps in to support this struggling industry until the market stabilises to ensure there is no further job loss.”