Marginal decrease for potato harvest

This year's potato harvest will be marginally down on last year's, according to provisional estimates from the Potato Council.

These show a likely harvest of 5.71 million tonnes, compared to the final 2013 figure of 5.73m tonnes. However, yields per hectare are slightly up at 47.2 tonnes, across a reduced planted area put at 121,100 ha, thanks to broadly favourable weather.

"Seasonal conditions across the major potato growing regions of GB were largely fine and conducive to strong crop growth and high yield potential," said a Potato Council statement.

The figures point to a continuation of an overall slightly declining trend in both planting and production over the past 10 years.

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