Ballyshane Daffodils is an exciting agri-diversification project based in Cloyne that saw an opportunity in the market to sell new varieties of top quality daffodil bulbs for the growing export market. Producing daffodils since 1999, Andrew Smyth, proprietor of Ballyshane Daffodils, identified an opportunity to diversity into high value, alternative variety bulbs targeting the export market in the US.
SECAD provided Ballyshane Daffodils with €25,000 in funding from the National Rural Development Programme which went towards the purchase of new bulb stock and production equipment, essential to their growth and expansion.
“SECAD and the LEADER programe gave ‘Ballyshane Daffodils’ a life line to start without which this business would have not have existed. This would have meant that I would definitely not be farming now, with the sugar beet gone and farming on its knees as we know it”, Andrew Smyth, Owner, Ballyshane Daffodils.