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Potato trade positive in Ireland, demand picking up

Trade remains positive and reports from growers indicate that there is increased demand over the past week, the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) reported late this week.

IFA says plantings have resumed in parts of the country, but ground conditions are still very difficult. At this point growers are advised to rethink their planting strategy and ensure they grow for their market.

Although stocks remaining in store in Ireland are similar to last year’s levels, early plantings and harvest were staggered last year, which complimented the season. Liftings of stock in the ground since last year have also continued, however, quality is a concern.

In contrary, in the U.K. trade appears to have slowed down recently, IFA says. Nevertheless, demand for top quality material remains firm. Plenty of recently lifted supplies are seen on the market. Some planting schedules in the U.K. are now reportedly two weeks behind schedule with sodden ground conditions.

The first early liftings have begun in Majorca recently, IFA reports. The yields of the earliest crops are disappointing due to extensive wind damage during the season.

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 LowHighAverage
Rooster box€330€380€350
Rooster10 kg bag€3.30€4.00€3.50
Whites box€320€370€350
K Pinks 10kg bag€4.20€5.00€4.50
Golden Wonder 10kg bag€5.00€6.00€5.50
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Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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