Discussions on supply contracts for the 2023 potato crop have commenced early, although at the time of writing, many potato growers in the UK are no further forward in reaching agreement, as Robert Harris reports for Farmers Weekly. A reduction in area is both necessary and inevitable, says Andersons director Nick Blake.
A number of growers are choosing to exit, faced with the demand for additional capital to grow the crop, while others are restructuring for a permanent reduction or taking a temporary holiday or short-term reduction.
Getting the resulting cost structure right is vital. There has always been demand for potato land from third parties, which has helped the numbers add up for those choosing to exit. However, there may not be so many takers for 2023.
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