Donegal potato farmers face crisis – Government asked to intervene

Some Donegal potato farmers face going out of business because poor weather means next year’s crop is in serious danger.

A report this week from Teagasc shows that up to 2,500 acres of the crop, or 80 per cent of the total, is still in the ground.

Wet weather, and little prospect of an improvement also means that much of the seed for the 2012 crop remains undug - worse case scenario would be a spell of frost.

The Irish Farmers Association is calling on the government to make a special case for Donegal - Charlie Doherty says the Agriculture Minister of State Shane McEntee is aware of the situation:

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