Ministers McConalogue announces €3m Investment Scheme for the Seed Potato Sector

Published on: 26 May 2022

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue T.D., today following a meeting of cabinet, announced his intention to launch a €3m scheme of investment aid for the seed potato sector.

The scheme will accelerate development of capacity within the sector and aid improvements in the production, storage and marketing infrastructure of seed potatoes by providing grant assistance to producers towards the capital cost of specialized equipment and facilities.

The scheme will be funded utilising funding under Ireland’s allocation from the Brexit Adjustment Reserve Fund (BAR).

As a result of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and following the end of the Brexit transition period on 1st January 2021, the import of seed potatoes from Great Britain into the EU is prohibited.

In announcing the scheme today, Minister McConalogue stated: “In recognition of the challenges faced by the Irish potato sector in fulfilling its annual demand for access to high grade seed potato following the exit of the UK from the EU, I am delighted to announce approval of the scheme for this highly specialised farming activity. “

“This presents a timely opportunity for the Irish seed potato sector to develop capacity and expand to ensure a reliable supply of domestically produced high grade seed potato material, with the support of the dedicated Seed Certification Service provided by my Department and the Tops Potato Centre in Donegal.”

“There is great potential in reviving the domestic seed potato sector. I am committed to seeing it thrive once more once there is leadership from within the sector too. I believe we can restore the industry to its heyday nationally.”

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is finalising preparations to launch the scheme which will be available for the period 2022 – 2023 and will conclude this work very shortly.