Athy leads way on agribusiness

South Kildare is continuing to lead the way on the agricultural front, according to an Athy Irish Farmer’s Association spokesman.

South Kildare is continuing to lead the way on the agricultural front, according to an Athy Irish Farmer’s Association spokesman.

Cereal farmers in the county are producing the goods this harvest, said Liam Dunne.

“A 10,000 tonne boatload of quality oats, much of which was produced in Kildare, has set sail for the US and another 10,000 tonne boatload of quality surplus malting barley is being assembled in BoortMalt in Athy for export to the UK. This is a big thumbs up sign for Kildare cereal farmers and great news for the Irish economy.”

On top of this, Boort Malt, Athy, has increased their demand for malting barley by 50 per cent over last year and will process 90,000 tonnes into malt, mostly for Guinness, this season.

“This makes the Athy operation one of the most important agri-businesses in the country. Although yields of grain are little better than average this year, Kildare farmers are producing some of the highest quality grains seen for many years despite all the setbacks of last winter,” Mr Dunne said. Harvesting of peas for Batchelors, is also nearing completion and the quality is exceptional, he added. All Batchelors tinned peas are grown and assembled in Kildare.

“At this stage, about 65 per cent of the total harvest is complete and with the promised return to good weather next week, should be completed soon and so maintain high quality wheat, barley and oats.

“We are anxious to see the job completed as soon as possible and we thank the public and especially motorist for their patience and courtesy while we move large combine harvesters and grain trailers about.”