The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) in the UK announced on Friday that its Market Intelligence department’s provision of potato price information will cease on Friday 2nd July 2021. The final Weekly Average Price Survey (WAPS) for potatoes will be published on Tuesday 29th June, and the final Potato Weekly report on Friday 2nd July, the industry body says in a news release.
AHDB announced that the following market information reports will also cease:
- Retail and consumer insight data will no longer be published by AHDB for the potato sector.
- AHDB will not publish any lifting reports for 2021 main-crop lifting.
- AHDB will disband the Grower Panel and will no longer publish area, production and stocks statistics.
AHDB announced last week it is winding down significant activities on behalf of the horticulture and potatoes sectors. While still awaiting a decision on the future by Ministers in England, Scotland and Wales, AHDB says it wants to reassure levy payers their views have been heard following recent ballots in the two sectors. More on this here.
If you have any questions relating to this process, please contact David Eudall, Head of Market Specialists (Arable) David.Eudall@ahdb.org.uk, 07823 789 910.
In the latest AHDB Potato Weekly report, published on 21 May, analyst Megan Hesketh reports that potato markets are yet to see large benefits from Monday’s reopening of indoor hospitality. However as we head towards June, hope remains for improved weather to boost demand. Quality remains crucial in free-buy markets, with tightening supply of top-quality material for sought after varieties.