If there is one thing the Irish organic sector needs it is more organic farmers. Demand from retailers for organic produce relies upon consistency of supply. And while the sector has grown significantly in recent years, there is still a long way to go to reach the Food Harvest 2020 organic land use target of 5%. It currently hovers around the 2% mark, with just under 1,800 organic farmers in the country.
However, the general manager of the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA), Gillian Westbrook, argues that the Government could aim higher.