Poor Jersey potato harvest hits export trade

A clear sign of the impact of the poor weather on this season's potato crop has come from Jersey growers, who expect to export just 30,000 tonnes to the mainland - 5,000 fewer than average.

The Jersey Royal Company has described 2012 as the worst season in 20 years, with harvests down 20 per cent. Sales manager Trevor Le Maistre said: "We had frost, drought, rain and cold. It has been very challenging."

Paul Carre of Fosse au Bois Farm said: "The winds break the potatoes and they stop growing. You don't get big ones to get the tonnage up."


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