Growers of malting barley, mainly used for beer and whiskey making, have welcomed a statement from Boortmalt that it intends to purchase the 2019 crop as per contracted requirements.
Fears had arisen that production at the company’s plant in Athy, Co Kildare, would not go ahead this season after a building on the site partially collapsed on July 30, reducing capacity.
IFA Malting Barley committee chairman Mark Browne said farmers were relieved to hear that there had been no injuries at the site and that production at the facility would continue.
He said the IFA will maintain contact with Boortmalt regarding issues which may arise as a result of the occurrence, as the barley harvest progresses.
Mr Browne also called on the company to recognise the ongoing effort and commitment which growers have put into producing quality malting barley, with a particular emphasis on the delivery of crops with a lower protein content.
Boortmalt has meanwhile confirmed that the new capacity, which was already under construction, is expected to be operational in January 2020 and will ramp up quickly to full capacity (equivalent to 40,000t/year of malt production).