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Potato pressure: Ireland and Europe grapple with tightening stocks, seed unavailability and unpredictable weather

The latest weekly potato report from the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) reveals a complex scenario unfolding in the Irish and European potato markets.

In Ireland, home consumption and retail demand for potatoes remain robust, likely spurred by the recent colder and wetter weather conditions. This increased demand is coinciding with a tightening availability of potato stocks, leading to noticeable price hikes and occasional empty shelves in retail stores by day’s end.

The availability of seed potatoes is reported to be extremely tight. This scarcity is a significant concern for the upcoming planting season and could have longer-term impacts on the potato supply chain.

In the broader European context, the export demand for potatoes continues to be strong, particularly from France to Mediterranean countries. However, the rising prices are beginning to affect sales, especially towards Eastern European markets, where high costs are reportedly slowing down transactions.

The United Kingdom is facing its own set of challenges, with no planting reported in most regions over the past few weeks. This delay is attributed to the persistent wet weather conditions, adding another layer of complexity to the already strained potato market.

Source: Irish Farmers Association (IFA)

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