This years mild weather has seen a good crop of Irish Sprouts, but growers are worried about a trend that is happening in Ireland.
Each year, coming up to Christmas, supermarkets offer sprouts for as little as 9c a bag. This happens even though Irish growers have put a huge investment in to providing the best quality product.
Growers are becoming extremely frustrated with supermarkets and have warned that this trend could wipe out the Irish vegetable trade.
The IFA warns that these low prices, although good for consumers, are not good for Irish agriculture. The problem is that if these low prices continue, Irish growers will not be able to guarantee access to cheap supply as it will be unsustainable.
If this happens, supermarkets will be forced to buy cheaper foreign vegetables, that will not be of the same high quality as Irish produce.
Another issue is that Young farmers do not see any good reason to become growers as they see no sustainable future in the industry.
These are worrying times for Irish vegetables. Our message is, Buy Irish & keep Irish Agriculture alive.