MINISTER LEARNS THAT MUSHROOM SECTOR STILL RELIES ON THE HUMAN TOUCH…

14 May 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Mushrooms’ cutting edge research and development processes and technological adaptability played key roles in the company’s attainment of the prized Origin Green verification from Bord Bia – but, as Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys learned when she visited the Tyholland headquarters of the enterprise last Thursday, this remains a sector of agri-food activity heavily reliant on the human touch, writes Peter Hughes.

President to celebrate the Origin Green achievement of Co Monaghan’s global mushroom production leader, the Minister and Bord Bia Chief Executive Aidan Cotter were among the guests given a tour of the section of the Tyholland premises where the raw material is generated.

While a considerable level of ergonomic sophistication now ensures that yields are maximised and the collection process rendered more efficient, the role of the mushroom picker is still key to the firm’s success story.

While a query by The Northern Standard to one of the guides for the Minister’s tour elicited confirmation that research is taking place in the wider industry into automating the harvesting process, we were assured that the replacement of the human factor in the mushroom equation is still some distance away.

This will evoke a sigh of relief in those cognisant of the considerable employment the industry generates for …

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