Record level of potatoes in storage across UK
The amount of potatoes in storage across the country is up by almost a quarter on last year, according to AHDB Potatoes (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Potatoes). Figures from the Board suggest that UK potato stock levels for the end of November 2017 were 3.6 million tonnes. This is the highest amount in storage since 2011-12.
AHDB Potatoes analyst, Amber Cottingham said the high production experienced during last year’s growing season was a result of a 5% increase in planted area to just over 303,000 acres, coupled with one of the highest average yields on record at 50 tons per hectare. With much of the season still to come, high production figures suggest that it is unlikely the potato supply will be as tight as it was in the past two seasons.
“We only measure the amount of crop in stores and not the quality,” said Ms Cottingham. “We are aware that there have been storage quality issues reported, which could impact volume of the marketable stocks later in the season.”
According to pressandjournal.co.uk, AHDB chief executive Jane King recently made a successful trip to China, alongside PM Theresa May and business and industry leaders. Miss King said the high quality and safety of British products would enable them to make their mark on the Chinese market: “Britain has a fantastic global reputation and is renowned for high standards of food quality and safety as well as animal welfare, which is of great importance to Chinese consumers. Therefore, it is vital that we continue to build on this positive trade visit to unlock the full potential for our producers here in the UK.”
Publication date: 2/13/2018
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