One in ten potato growers drops out, due to "poor return on risk"

Potato field - image:Barry Crabtree
Potato field - image:Barry Crabtree
There are ten per cent fewer UK potato growers this year than last, but the area under the crop remains roughly constant as land has been snapped up by larger growers, Potato Council director Rob Clayton told the Potatoes in Practice event at the James Hutton Institute near Dundee last week.

He put the number of growers at just above 2,000, a drop of 200 from 2012, and explained: "It is the smaller producers who are dropping out, feeling that enough is enough and not getting sufficient returns on the enterprise for the risks they have to take."

He went on: "On preliminary figures for this year, the acreage seems to be similar to last year’s level," but added that it was too soon to predict yields for the season, as the quality of crops in the ground was very mixed.

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