Vegetable growers in the Irish Republic, whose livelihoods are threatened by the worst spell of wet weather in a decade, are seeking emergency help from the multiples. "We hope they will agree to pare back their profit margins and increase our prices because of the difficulties we're in," said PJ Jones, vegetable marketing co-ordinator with the Irish Farmers' Association. "But we don't want them to use our plight as an excuse to push up prices for consumers, who are very supportive of home produce. "That would be like killing the golden goose." Initial approaches to the major chains, including Tesco, Dunnes, Superquinn and SuperValu, have been "very positive", according to Jones. {{NEWS }}