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IFA: Potato market in Ireland largely unchanged; drought a concern across Europe

The IFA reports that the market situation remains largely unchanged in Ireland. Remaining good quality packing stock continues to command a premium.

Early liftings continue this week in the country, with drought conditions hindering yields in many areas. Irrigation is a key concern for all growers at present.

The May IFA stock survey figures indicate that there is less than 30,000 tonnes of potatoes left in store, which is on a par with last season but considerably lower than previous years.

In the U.K, irrigation is in full swing for those with access as the exceptionally hot and dry conditions continue. Strong winds last weekend caused some crop damage, especially forward crops and also those

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