The effects of Brexit on Irish tillage farmers is the topic on this week's Tillage Edge podcast with economists, farmers and machinery suppliers all featuring from the recent Spring Tillage Webinar.
Tillage farmers were always likely to be the least affected whether there was a Brexit agreement or not according to Fiona Thorne, an economist in Teagasc. However, areas such as goods stuck in the supply chain and registrations of plant protection products may be affected and this could become apparent in the coming months.
Despite the difficulties with imports of seed potatoes, Charlie Doherty, a Donegal potato farmer, believes it could open a door for Irish producers to produce more seed and is an area that Ireland should exploit.
Importing tractors will be more difficult but not impossible according to Brian Lacy from Paddy Lacy tractors in Ferns. Brain said there will be some import delays and it may add 2-4 weeks to imports however he is still waiting on some direction from Revenue to judge this properly.
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