Prices for produce are on the floor again. There was a faint rally that lasted a few weeks earlier last month – but the optimism around that brief respite has evaporated.
Irish growers North and South are facing a bleak time. Stalker received reports that at a recent producer organisation meeting growers were basically advised that if they could, they should get into something else, anything else where they might have a chance of making some money.
Many observers feel that the writing is on the wall for the industry, and indeed the task force set up in the Republic may find that it has not much of an industry to report on.
Stalker would attempt to remain optimistic if possible – but the time for rose tinted specs is long gone.
All the talk is about consolidation not expansion.
There may not be a lot of Christmas cheer 'the year.'