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'Conventional farming wasn't paying the bills - then my eyes were opened to organic'

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Mark Gillanders in his crop of kale at his farm at Kilmarly, Co. Monaghan.  Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Mark Gillanders in his crop of kale at his farm at Kilmarly, Co. Monaghan. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Mark Gillanders in his crop of kale at his farm at Kilmarly, Co. Monaghan. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

'We are so far behind Europe in our organic farming practices," says Monaghan-based organic beef and tillage farmer Mark Gillanders.

This is not something new, and it was a topic discussed in depth during the Bio Farm 2019 conference in Portlaoise last week.

"It's a no-brainer - organic farming - yet there is still such a small uptake in farmers converting to organics here in Ireland," Mark adds. "I don't understand it."