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UK: Potato growers still have their problems to face

Potato growing is on such a large, professional scale now that it’s easy to forget that growers with hundreds, even thousands, of acres still run into the same problems we had when many of us grew only a dozen or so acres. Two autumns ago, the greatest problem was harvesting in almost continuous mud and rain. This year, the problem is our old friend supply and demand. Potatoes are selling retail for the equivalent of £500 to £1,500 a tonne, but growers are getting an ex-farm price of as little as £50 a tonne. Not a lot when average growing costs are about £150 a tonne, even with modern technology, large machines and skilled management of crop growing and control of diseases and infections.

Source: www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk

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