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Late harvest for in-demand potato

By Linda McKee

Thirty per cent of Northern Ireland potato crop is still in the ground thanks to poor soil conditions — and some may not be harvested until spring.

Potato packer Wilson’s Country says growers have also been hit by cost hikes and the bad weather through summer and autumn has made matters worse. However, consumption is up as the credit crunch drives people back to home cooking.

“The poor autumn has followed one of the dullest summers on record. In some areas it may well be next spring before the harvesting of this year's crop can be completed.,” chairman Angus Wilson said.

“The silver lining, however, is that potato consumption is on the increase. Given the current economic climate the basic spud is excellent value for money.”

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