Statistics New Zealand said earlier this week that potato prices in the country rose 18 per cent in April to a weighted average price of $2.51 per kilo – an all-time high, they said. Some media reports suggest the potato industry has seen a 30–50 percent increase in demand from supermarkets and a shortage of workers.
But Potatoes New Zealand has since told Potato News Today that these figures are skewed, since Stats NZ is reporting on a month when supermarkets were the only source of food.
“This means the price is very much skewed compared to usual scenario. Normally the average price would include all retail outlets & therefore be lower,” says Chris Claridge, Chief Executive of Potatoes New Zealand.
“Farmers are not getting more bang for their buck. Consumers are not paying 18% more for spuds.” he says.
Potatoes NZ says they have already attempted to convey this to Stats NZ.
Source: Potatoes NZ
Photo: Chris Claridge, CEO of Potatoes NZ