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From Irish fields to European markets: Navigating potato production delays and export dynamics

According to the latest weekly potato market report from the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), home consumption and retail trade remain buoyant in Ireland, especially with the weather experienced recently. The IFA says consumers appear to be recognising the value of potatoes with current inflationary pressures.

It is shaping up to be another late year in Ireland, with practically no potatoes sown before St Patricks day this year. Stocks of potatoes in store continue to tighten with upward price pressure again reported.

In a broader European context, the planting of the early potato crop has been delayed due to extremely wet soil conditions. However, there’s a silver lining, as better progress is now being reported in regions like South West France.

While there is sustained demand from countries like France for top-quality potatoes, overall, the export sector is navigating through a period of uncertainty and diminished demand. This variable progress across different European regions underscores the diverse challenges faced by potato farmers, influenced heavily by regional climatic and soil conditions.

Source: Irish Farmers Association (IFA)
Image: Credit Thomas from Pixabay

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