Grain Growers Association slam IFA/Boormalt deal and claim growers are returning seed
The Irish Grain Growers Association has hit out at a malting barley deal struck between the IFA and Boortmalt.
It said that the future of Malting barley growing is at risk due to what it described as a poor deal presented to farmers by IFA and Boortmalt.
It also claimed that growers have begun to return seed or inform Boortmalt that they will not be growing for them this season.
IFA entered into a two year deal with Boortmalt which IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has said is positive and includes significant new measures.
Mr Kennedy said, “It is critically important to get a price out ahead of the planting season so that growers can plan their cropping programme accordingly. The fixed-price offer is currently ahead of that offered for new crop dried feeding barley for harvest 2018 collection”.
“The delivered farm seed price of €520/t across all varieties is significantly reduced on last season and is interest free until harvest. A free lorry collection service will be provided by the company to growers where branches were closed in recent years and where growers purchase, from Boortmalt, plant protection products to the value of €50/acre or greater (excl. vat) during the season.”
However, the Grain Growers association said the deal is restrictive and not capable of delivering the price margin needed.
“There is good demand for Irish grown GMO free feed crops and the price for malting /distilling Barley is simply too low.