Deadly beetle threatens local forestry, IFA warns

Forestry owners in the Shannonside region have been warned of a possible invasion of a beetle that could damage several crops.

The IFA is calling for measures to be put in place to prevent the spread of the spruce bark beetle that was discovered in the UK late last year.

It’s claimed that the eight-toothed insect could cause huge damage to Ireland’s sitka spruce-based forestry, of which they are dozens of acres planted in this region if it was to become established here.

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Ballinacarrigy man and IFA forestry Chairman Vincent Nally says that if the beetle gets in, it will be difficult to get rid of: