According to Eduardo Arroyo, the president of the Association of Potato Producers of Castilla y León (APPACYL), this year's potato campaign in Castilla y Leon will be very complicated. “The Horeca channel was opened, but since there are fewer tourists coming from abroad, the increase in demand that traditionally occurred in the summer months wasn't noticeable. In addition, the distribution is demanding merchandise with very fine washing, which does not adapt to the potatoes that are being produced this year due to the summer weather,” he stated.
This year, the sowings in Castilla y Leon were done in a staggered manner, beginning in early March and ending the bulk of them in mid-April; the goal was to have a staggered harvest. However, the high temperatures in the summer months prevented this from happening. “Deliveries were requested a week in advance and the beginning of the harvests piled up. In addition, there have been many cases of Y virus in the Monalisa potato, which have not been sent to the washing machine, and producers are having many problems to market it,” Arroyo stated.
Currently, 35-40% of the surface in Castilla y Leon hasn't been harvested. In other years, at this time, only 20% of the harvest would be missing. The harvest is going slower than in other years due to the difficulty in marketing and there will even be some farms that won't harvest their potatoes, he emphasizes.