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Scotland: Humble potato offers no easy fixes for farmers

Scottish seed potato exports are booming, with the latest figures indicating that 2014/15 has been a record breaking season. Scotland only grows 25 per cent of the total GB potato crop, but produces 75 per cent of GB seed and exports a total of 300,000 tonnes annually to more than 25 countries outside of the UK. While Scotland’s seed producers enjoy another successful year, the same cannot be said for her ware producers who are suffering from a grossly oversupplied market for fresh potatoes and reduced demand from consumers. More

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