DEAR SIR: It is great to hear that Kerry Group is planning to use 100% renewable electricity by 2025. Another very important way to reduce our carbon footprint is to produce more grain and other tillage crops to feed our livestock and reduce our imports of animal feed. The closing of our sugar beet factories was a great loss, and more should be done to promote tillage in areas like Kerry, where we had a great tradition of producing beet and barley and all tillage crops. If the skills of tillage farming are lost, it would be very hard to get them back.
The dairy co-ops should know that tillage crops are very important and I hope the Brexit support fund will be used to improve the lot of tillage farmers in areas like Kerry. Our potato and vegetable growers need to be protected to stop our dependence on too many imports.