Farming Leaders To Meet Minister Over Possible Food Shortage

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Farming leaders will meet with the Minister for Agriculture tomorrow afternoon to discuss options for a feared shortage of wheat, barley and other grains due to the war in Ukraine.

Combined Russia and Ukraine produce 30% of the world’s grains – some used to feed humans and some to feed animals. 

Charlie McConalogue, the Minister for Agriculture, has assembled an emergency team within his department to develop a new scheme to encourage farmers to grow significantly more native grains this year. 

Responding to the Development yesterday ICSMA leader Tipperary man, Pat McCormack said farmers would engage with an open mind.

Issues such as limits on use of fertiliser, it’s cost and availability in addition to appropriately skilled contractors would complicate the issue of adopting to tillage rather than grass production.