Spanish potato company Mateu Export started exporting potatoes from Majorca last week, and s’Esplet will begin its export program this week. Both companies have expressed serious concerns about the political situation in the UK regarding the upcoming Brexit date at the end of the month, when the UK is supposed to be leaving the EU.
Joan Mateu, manager of Mateu Export, says the company “is ready for the worst case scenario; that is, a no-deal Brexit.” In that case, the UK would be considered a third country, with everything that that entails.
Mateu stresses that “agricultural producers are now keeping as much an eye on the fields as on the British political situation, because the potato export campaign fully overlaps with the date of the intended Brexit, although there are now talks of a possible delay in its application.”
Mateu Export has planted 5% more potatoes than last year, when the company exported at 17,500 tons.
According to Joan Mateu, the harvest of the Lady Christl is currently underway because now is the time when it’s optimally suited to be harvested, and the variety are very popular in the market.