North's new biomass plant 'to hit poultry'
A massive biomass power plant fuelled by poultry litter and meat and bone meal in Northern Ireland is set to put serious pressure on the poultry industry south of the border.
The Rose Energy plant at Glenavy, Co Antrim is backed by a consortium of three agri-food companies, Moy Park Ltd, O'Kane Poultry and Glenfarm Holdings.
The power plant, which will generate 30mw of electricity per year and up to one-third of Northern Ireland's sustainable energy obligations, was given the green light by Minister Edwin Poots on Thursday.
However, the development could have serious implications for poultry growers and processors in the south, industry players have warned.
Vincent Carton, managing director of Cavan-based Carton Brothers said the Rose Energy plant was a state-subsidised method of poultry litter disposal.
"Farmers in the North will have very little cost compared to our farmers down here who have to bear all of the litter disposal cost," he insisted.
Mr Carton was speaking following an IFA-organised meeting with the Minister for Agriculture, Brendan Smith, on Wednesday night.