IHNSA Trolley Fair signals start of hardy nursery stock trading season
Event brought together key industry leaders to showcase Irish produce and reduce the importation of nursery produce
23 February 2023
The Irish Hardy Nursery Stock Association (IHNSA) held its first Trolley Fair of 2023 earlier this week, marking the beginning of the hardy nursery stock trade.
The event, which took place in Whites Agri Premises Lusk, Co. Dublin on 20 February, brought together key industry leaders to showcase Irish produce and reduce the importation of nursery produce.
Supported by IFA and Bord Bia, the IHNSA Trolley Fairs offer traders a chance to meet growers and industry experts.
The IHNSA Chair Val Farrell called on all garden centres and retailers to support the Irish amenity sector. He said the amenity sector is an important indigenous sector worth €96 million at farm gate, of which nursery stocks account for over €50 million.
“There are many challenges facing the industry at present such as peat availability, spiralling input costs and labour shortages,” said Farrell. “It is clear that the importance and potential of the Irish amenity horticultural sector is recognised in official policy strategy. However, if the above issues are not addressed the plans will not materialise and a considerable opportunity will be lost for rural Ireland.”