Cultivation/Production, Europe, UK, Ireland, Fresh/ Table, Trends, Weather/Climate

German potato prices set to spike due to drought

Two summers in a row of drought are causing Germany’s potato supply to dwindle – and prices to rise.Farmers throughout Germany, and especially in the country’s most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia, are desperately hoping for rain in August.

“If it continues to stay hot and dry, the problem will become very big,” said Horst-Peter Karos, the head of the Association of Fruit, Vegetable and Potato Preparation (BOGK) regarding the country’s staple crop.  

He added that potato prices in North Rhine-Westphalia have already risen by around a third compared with the previous year.

Germany is in the midst of its harvest season, which stretches from March through October each year.  Last year, Germany’s harvest was already historically low, with 8.7 million tonnes of potatoes – the smallest yield in 28 years.

The impact trickled down to consumers and processors. Products such crisps and chips could become more expensive this fall. 

Read the full story on The Local here

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