Low main-crops in Ireland, report reveals

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THE Irish Farmers' Association's Domestic Potato Market Report has revealed that Irish main-crop potato yields may come out well below average this year.

While weather conditions across Ireland have improved, growers are facing additional setbacks because of reduced yields and skin set issues. Many are faced with the problem of poor skin set with some growers stopping lifting as a result. The food service sector is also under significant pressure owing to COVID-19 restrictions.

Procurement for potatoes is on a weekly basis, as people sit tight to see how these new measures affect demand and many growers are lifting into stores because of the depressed market.