According to the Association of Potato Producers of Castilla y Leon (APPACYL), potato producers had to stop the harvest due to the abundant rains in the autonomous community, which could compromise the hectares that haven't been collected if there are any frosts.
The varieties that still need to be collected are the winter sour varieties, which are stored as they have a very high dry matter that allows them to be better preserved. Producers must also collect red skin varieties, of yellow and white flesh, which were difficult to market during the campaign due to their low prices.
According to APPACYL, this campaign was quite acceptable for producers of white-skinned and red-skinned potatoes, though it was better for the former. Prices for the washed fine skin potatoes stood at 20-30 cents, for the washed white normal skin at 15-25 cents, and for the red-yellow flesh and white meat at 10-18 cents. However, producers were helped by the increase in production (15-18% more than last year).
The association estimates that the growing area could increase the next campaign, which would generate a greater supply in the market. In addition, in 2020 France will no longer be able to use the anti-germination Clorprofam, also known as CIPC, as this was the last year they could use it. Given this situation, the Spanish potato sector could receive more potatoes from France between August 1 and November 1, 2020.