11 June 2021
Fitting potatoes into the arable rotation
A COMBINATION of Brexit, the Covid pandemic, a greater focus on homegrown produce and agroecological farming may be the answer to declining potato production in the UK, creating greater opportunities for growers - a subject that is put into the spotlight in a new podcast.
Self-sufficiency for potato production, as well as other fruit and veg, has declined 16% in the past 20 years, according to statistics released by organisers of the CropTec Show.
In its latest podcast, Crop it Like it’s Hot, Alice Dyer explores whether we need to be producing more fruit and veg, how production can slot into the arable rotation using practices such as agroforestry, and what lessons the arable sector could take from the fresh produce industry.
The UK currently produces just 55% of its vegetables and 18% of its fruit and according to the NFU, and self-sufficiency for both fruit and veg and potatoes has declined 16% in the past 20 years.