Potato consumption in Northern Ireland has boomed on the back of the home cooking experiences enjoyed by so many thousands of people in homes across the region over the last number of months, according to a report by Farming Life. And the expectation is for this very welcome trend to gain even greater momentum, once new season crops for 2021 are available.
But the potatoes have to be grown first. So it will come as good news that the last week has seen the planting of first earlies getting under way in earnest throughout in their traditional heartland area of Comber and North Down.
Wilson’s Country agronomist Stuart Meredith takes up the story: “Weather depending, the first of this year’s Comber Earlies will be ready for harvest around the beginning of June. Varieties planted over the past week or so include Home Guard, Accord and Dunluce.”
Meredith says Northern Ireland is home to ‘many of the best potato growers in the world’.
Source: Farming Life. Full story here
Photo: Wilson’s Country agronomist Stuart Meredith (left) discussing the prospects for 2021 new season potatoes in Northern Ireland with Co Down grower William Gilmore | Farming Life