MUSHROOM SECTOR PLIGHT RAISED WITH AGRICULTURE MINISTER DURING MONAGHAN VISIT

23 July 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Representatives of the CMP or Commercial Mushroom Producers group in Monaghan met with Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue when he visited Monaghan Town on Tuesday of this week. The CMP representatives urged Minister McConalogue to address the current plight facing the sector due to the proposed ban on the harvesting of horticultural peat. Co Monaghan IFA and ICSA members also engaged in discussions with the Minister, emphasising the need they saw for the appointment of a Beef Regulator and raising a number of issues in the poultry sector.

The recent Common Agricultural Policy reforms were also a subject of discussion. The Minister was accompanied on his visit by Cabinet colleague and Cavan/Monaghan TD Heather Humphreys, who described the series of meetings with farming representatives as “extremely positive and constructive”. “I was delighted to host Minister McConalogue, along with my colleague Senator Robbie Gallagher, during his visit on Tuesday,” Minister for Rural and Community Development Humphreys told the Northern Standard.

“This visit provided members of our farming and agriculture community the opportunity to spell out in detail the challenges that are facing their businesses. The talks were extremely productive and I know Minister McConalogue listened closely to their views on issues that are of concern to their members. “During our meeting with representatives of the IFA, we discussed issues such as poultry and veterinary medicine. We also had really good discussions with the Commercial Mushroom…

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