A number of factors will see a shortage of Irish fruit and vegetables for the rest of the year.
That's according to Agricultural Consultant Dr Richard Hackett, who says this would include carrots, turnips and lettuce.
It comes after heavy rain earlier in the year followed by the hot weather, which is affecting growth levels.
Dr Hackett told The Pat Kenny Show the weather is only part of the problem.
"The weather is not playing ball with us, but that's not really the problem," he said.
"The big problem is that the farmers - vegetable and potato growers - are not in a position to take on the pressures that weather comes with in the present time.
"We'd a very dry February starting off, then we had a very wet March and April, and then we got very dry.
"Overall our rainfall is probably normal enough, but it's coming in bursts... and crops don't really like that".
'The crops couldn't establish'
Dr Hackett said the summer months are seen as critical.
"We've a long day length and we have normally soil moisture reserves that would make the crops grow," he said.
"The crops are designed to work in the temperate climate that we have.
"They take this long day length with the heat and moisture, and they grow very rapidly.
"If one is missing - if it's very cold or it's very dry - one of the ingredients are missing, so the crops don't grow the way they should.
"What happened this year, during the very wet March and April, we just couldn't plant the crops; the crops are sitting in boxes and seed bags where they shouldn't be.
"Then when the weather stopped raining, the moisture deficit meant that the crops couldn't establish [themselves]".
'There isn't the stuff there'
Dr Hackett said the option to source the shortfall from abroad, from Spain or the UK, may be harder this year.
"They've had a very difficult time too, much moreso [in] structural problems," he said.
"In Spain, for instance, they use aquifers for their irrigation and that's not available.
"They've labour issues and they have poor returns from growers too - so there isn't the stuff there in Europe.
"There isn't the stuff from the UK [because] Brexit had a severe impact on our supply chain.
"The growers in the UK are under severe pressure as well; the number of growers in the UK is collapsing.
"They had worse weather than we had," he added.
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