16 February 2023
As rising costs prompt many to decide not to plant potatoes, new organisation hopes to provide support.
RISING costs associated with potato growing have led to many UK growers deciding against planting the crop this spring.
The National Farmers Union (NFU) published research at the end of last year which revealed that the cost of producing potatoes had increased by 20% compared since 2021 and this, combined with the price hike in energy bills impacting on production and storage, has made many to decide against planting.
As supermarkets are also grappling with energy costs, the prices paid for wholesale potatoes has remained static, meaning less reward for growers.
The newly-formed GB Potatoes, which is looking to represent all those involved in the production and sale of British Potatoes, has said morale is low amongst growers and is seeking to provide an overall 'voice' for the industry to collectively push for better returns, knowledge and best practice sharing, without the mandatory levy imposed by the former AHDB Potatoes.
It is urging growers to get in touch so it can look at how to provide support.
"At our core GBP wants to be seen as championing the UK potato in all its forms, issues and opportunities," said Mark Taylor, one of the founding members.
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