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Ireland’s potato prices to rise as weather affects yields

Potato farmer David Rodgers shows the poor growth in his patatoes due to the lack of rain, at his farm in Ballyboughal in North County Dublin. Picture:Arthur CarronConsumers face increasing potato prices as the weather causes havoc with this year’s crop. A combination of the snow and blizzard conditions in February and March, the ongoing heatwave, and a dearth of rain will seriously affect crop yields, according to farmers. Eddie Doyle, of the potato committee of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA), told the Irish Independent that potatoes had to be planted late this year. “Early growers have suffered because of the cold weather. And once it gets 24C to 25C, they stop growing,” he said. “Yield will be quite light this year. I’d be fairly sure they’ll go up in price,” he said. Read more

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