Ireland: Fertilizer firm deal to see Bord na Móna Midlands plant reopen

International firm ICL Specialty Fertilizers has secured an agreement with Bord na Móna which will see it expand its operations in Ireland and enable it to supply growing media to professional ornamental growers and plant propagators across the country. Under the terms of the agreement, ICL will lease Bord na Móna’s professional growing media mixing facility at Cúil na Móna in Co. Laois for an initial period of three years.

The agreement also covers a start-up supply stock of professional horticultural peat, harvested prior to Bord na Móna withdrawing from commercial harvesting. Under the terms agreed, this product is ringfenced for the Irish market.

Stephen Squires, regional business lead at ICL, said: “Our professional horticulture team in Ireland, led by Brendan Howell, is working closely to help growers reduce their reliance on peat and to deliver sustainable growing media solutions for the future, utilizing ICL’s new Fibagro Advance wood fiber technology – a superior peat alternative with a lower carbon footprint, compared with peat and other peat alternatives.

“This agreement with Bord na Móna will see ICL expand its sustainable growing media manufacturing facilities to Ireland, to help to meet the current and future needs of Irish ornamental growers and plant propagators. While utilizing Bord na Móna’s site and machinery - and helping secure jobs for its workforce - ICL will bring its Levington Advance formulas, know-how and technology advancements in circular economy, growing media products to Ireland.” 

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