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Irish shoppers warned of major shortage of fruit and vegetables in supermarkets




Irish shoppers have been warned there will be a shortage of native fruit and vegetables for the rest of the year.

Dr Richard Hackett, a consultant at teagasc agriculture and food development agency, said the heatwave after heavy rains earlier in the year had affected growth levels, reports Breaking News.

However, Dr Hackett told the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk that the weather is only part of the problem facing farmers.

“The weather is not playing ball with us, but that’s not really the problem. The big problem is that the farmers – vegetable and potato growers – are not in a position to take on the pressures that weather comes with in the present time. We’d a very dry February starting off, then we had a very wet March and April, and then we got very dry,” reports Breaking News.

Dr. Hackett says that during the summer months we usually have soil moisture that is conducive to crop growth.

“The crops are designed to work in the temperate climate that we have. They take this long day length with the heat and moisture, and they grow very rapidly. If one is missing – if it’s very cold or it’s very dry – one of the ingredients are missing, so the crops don’t grow the way they should. “What happened this year, during the very wet March and April, we just couldn’t plant the crops; the crops are sitting in boxes and seed bags where they shouldn’t be,” reports Breaking News.

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