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Tuesday 6 June 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# crops

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# new scheme
Irish farmers urged to grow more crops in response to Ukraine war
The Government is hoping a new multi-million scheme will ensure the co-operation of farmers.
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# Farming
Quiz: How much do you know about Ireland's autumn crops?
This quiz is in honour of the National Ploughing Championships.
# essential workers
'The demand for labour is unaffected by the pandemic': Food producers under pressure as harvest season begins
Foreign supply chain anxiety could increase the need for the harvest season to run smoothly.
# essential workers
Keelings controversy: Taoiseach says workers resident in Ireland may be called upon to pick summer crops
Keelings Fruit flew 189 workers from Bulgaria to Ireland last week to pick fruit.
# buzz words
Ireland's bees are in danger, but here's the plan that could save them
Many of the crops grown here depend on bees to pollinate them.
# can't mistake the biology
Cork students' discovery for improving crop growth could help reduce food poverty
The three students from Kinsale Community College in Cork have reached the finals of the Google Science Fair with their research into using bacteria to help improve yields of food crops.
# malnutrition
NUI Galway develops vitamin-rich crop to combat malnutrition in Africa
Up to 500,000 children in developing countries go blind each year due to vitamin A deficiency.
# Charity
Irish charity tackling African hunger - with potatoes
It is a symbol of Irish cuisine, but now the potato is part of efforts to fight famine in Africa.
# Weather
Weather causing problems for farmers
How has the recent bad weather been affecting farmers and crops – and what does this mean for the traditional summer fruit, the strawberry?
# blight
Explainer: When and why are blight warnings issued?
And what should potato-growers do in response? takes a look…
# Mali
Mali could face locust invasion
Locusts threaten to infest Mali – but chemicals used to prevent the spread of the insects were taken during the recent military coup.
# crops
Recent bad weather has caused major problems for farmers - IFA
The wet weather has made it impossible for farmers to harvest crops – but the bad weather is set to continue this week.
# North Korea
North Korea reports serious drought
The communist country has had very little rain in the last month which threatens to damage crops as the country enters a critical planting season.
# GM trials
GM potato trials could be held in Carlow
The Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Teagasc, is seeking a licence to grow GM potatoes in order to examine the potential impact on Irish ecosystems.
# China
Farmers confused by exploding watermelons in China
Watermelons may be exploding due to the use of chemicals, latest reports say.