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Apple Growing for Cider Production

Irish apples have been grown commercially for over a century and considered a lucrative crop in suitable areas. Decline occurred once we joined the EU in 1973 when tarrifs were lifted from imported apples. Hectarage and number of growers have since reduced and presently there are in the region of 40 specialised growers producing 600 Ha. of apples.

01 November 2005
Type
Factsheet
2 Pages
53KB
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Mushroom Production

Mushroom production has expanded steadily over the past decade and there are approximately 580 growers throughout the country. Ireland is now exporting over 35,000 tones of fresh mushrooms, while consumption on the domestic market is approaching 10,000 tonnes. Total production is around 50,000 tonnes per annum with 70% exported. Mushrooms have been a major success story in diversification, providing income and employment on many small farms. It is an ideal complementary enterprise on farms where there is available labour.

01 January 2000
Type
Factsheet
2 Pages
51KB