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Peat harvest measures placing thousands of horticulture jobs at risk, warns new report

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Urgent Government action is required to protect thousands of jobs in the peat-based Irish horticulture sector, an industry report has claimed.

Tighter controls on the harvesting of peat for horticultural purposes is putting close to 500 jobs at risk in the short-term, peat harvesters claimed, and is threatening the viability of horticultural plant growers and the mushroom industry which provide 6,000 further jobs.

Peat harvesters point out that the planning and licensing regime to operate bogs takes between four and six years to navigate and all peat harvesting on bogs must cease during the application.