Farmers in Northern Ireland have warned that a new Petland strategy by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) could destroy the local horticultural industry.
The Northern Ireland Petlands Strategy 2021-2040, developed by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, is currently in consultation.
The strategy encourages government agencies and agencies to stop using peas by the end of 2022.
He wants to ban the use, import and sale of pea in Northern Ireland 2025, And review the ban on pea production on all public land by 2022.
Although the fruit and vegetable forum, which is a member of the entire fruit and vegetable industry, appreciates the importance of such a strategy and supports the “direction of decisions”, it is concerned about the serious economic impact it could have.
The team’s assessment did not adequately assess the economic impact on the sector, and although it has invested heavily in finding alternatives, it still relies on pea distribution and mushroom production.
The manufacturing sector generates 100 100 million for the overall economy of Northern Ireland.
In recent years, there has been significant progress in identifying pea alternatives such as bark, wood fiber, coconut fiber, anaerobic digestion, brake, wool, and green manure.
However, according to farmers, there are some uses that have not yet been successful, including plant distribution modules and mushroom containers. Research is underway but it will take a lot of time and long-term investment to produce results.
Last year, a growing media watchdog by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DIFF) and businesses was still counted last year. 41% of 5.6 million cubic meters Growing media used by professional producers and amateur gardeners in the UK.
“If the ideas are implemented, they will have a huge impact on an industry that recognizes and supports the need for change,” said Dog Thompson, a kindergarten inventor.
The time limits for finding and exploring the options included in the consultation document are unreasonable and unrealistic in our view.
David Dallas, who represents a large group of mushroom producers, noted that despite extensive research, no viable alternative to peas has yet been identified.
“Lack of mushroom cover until a suitable replacement will destroy the mushroom production sector in Northern Ireland: በር 46 million worth of farm gates and It employs 1,000 people,” he said.
Hamilton Luni, chairperson of the Northern Ireland Horticulture Forum, added: Members.
We look forward to further discussions with the Northern Ireland Horticultural Forum members on their interests and experiences.