Janusz Wojciechowski, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, is to address the IFA National Council in the Irish Farm Centre in Dublin on May 30.

The EU Commissioner is visiting Ireland for the World Potato Congress and he will address the National Council in advance of that event.

IFA President Tim Cullinan said next Monday's meeting will be a timely opportunity to engage with the Commissioner on a range of issues impacting Irish farming.

"Food security is a crucial issue, particularly with the upheaval caused by the war in Ukraine and the massive spike in input costs," Mr Cullinan said.

"We will use this event to emphasise to Commissioner Wojciechowski that farmers have to be supported if they are to maintain production," he said.

The talks on Monday will also include the next CAP agreement and what is needed to develop the farming sector here.

Tim Cullinan said the ongoing Brexit talks around the Protocol would also be raised.

"The UK market is very important for Irish farming and we will highlight this to the Commissioner. Trade flows have to move smoothly to avoid extra costs and fulfill contracts," he said.

Delegates from over 60 countries will arrive in Ireland later this month for the 11th international World Potato Congress.

The three day event will see 60 speakers and over 1,000 delegates from around the world attend presentations and discussions in the RDS on issues affecting potatoes and their use around globally.

During the congress, delegates will get to visit a number of potato farms and the congress will end at an event at Bord Bia's Bloom Festival.