Reports from Jersey indicate that new potato growers on the island expect a similar-sized crop in 2006 to that achieved this year, in the region of 36,000 tonnes.
Planting will begin in earnest in the New Year, although a small area is expected to be planted before Christmas if conditions are favourable.
Last year some potatoes were planted before Christmas. However, severe frosts damaged some of the crop
and the forecast of a cold winter this time round may deter some growers from planting early. Limited volumes of potatoes grown under cover are expected to arrive in the UK in time for Christmas sales.
Harvesting conditions in Cyprus, meanwhile, are said to be ideal, with just one day’s harvesting interrupted by rainfall. Temperatures have typically been reaching 25C by day, falling to 8C at night.